This week Greenwood made themselves present throughout the city. A town hall meeting took place on Saturday at the Rudisill Library African American Resource Center. This was the first meeting in partnership with the Greenwood Project, a program in search of Black Wall Street ascendants to train them in technology careers, as well as genealogical support, wealth management and legacy building. *See more information below.
There was also a drillers game on Saturday, attended by many business owners and members of the Greenwood community.
Many more community events are coming soon, including a dance recital on August 18th at 10am and Mr. Ideas’s second Sip and Paint on Thursday, August 12th, at 7pm.
Greenwood officially received its first official document from the federal government regarding its entry into the Nation Registry of Historic Places.
Mr. Idea’s Sip and Paint last week was a success. Although a smaller turnout of attendees, guest’s left with a unique piece of Greenwood memorabilia. Sip and Paints will be an ongoing event in Greenwood, as they’re a good way for the community to gather, and the pieces painted capture the history and progress within Greenwood.
The entire TU athletic department, including the teams, made a visit to the Vernon A.M.E. church and the cultural center. They will be visiting the Historic Greenwood Business District next week as well. Nathan Hale Middle School also came to the Welcome Center to learn about Greenwood’s history and progression today.
This week was our first Greenwood business interview with Mr. Lee People’s, owner of the People’s Smoke Wagon. In the interview, we learned about Mr. People’s family oriented philosophy for business, his plans for a brick and mortar location, how he dealt with Covid-19, the 16 hour process of cooking meats and more. The complete interview will be posted soon to social media.
Multiple volunteer and job opportunities are available in Greenwood right now, such as Administrative Assistant, Social Media Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Retail Assistant. Visit the Greenwood Welcome Center for more information.
This past week was another progressive week in the Historic Greenwood Business District. Dr. Culver and the vice president of the chamber met with the head of Ascension Saint John, Jason Lepak, to discuss plans to create a space for Ascension Saint John in Greenwood. This would benefit the overall health and security for Greenwood residents, and areas near Greenwood.
Mr. Kevin Hern, Oklahoma Representative, also gave the official Congressional Record for being added to the National Registry of Historic Places to the Historic Greenwood Business District.
The official Emfluencer account has been created for the Business District. Download the app for iOS or Android to stay connected with future events and businesses in Greenwood.
Mr. Idea’s “Sip and Paint” is happening July 15th, from 6:30 to 8:30. Many great pictures were taken this week, and many more will be taken. Visit our instagram page @greenwoodchamber to see.
This week in Greenwood, Dr. Culver, head of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, made a visit to the New Black Wall Street, located in Stonecrest, Georgia. The New Black Wall Street shares a similar mission to the original Black Wall Street here in Greenwood, “to increase the size and number of minority and women-owned businesses throughout the United States and Globally.” They also offer many shops, vendors, training for marketing and advertising, and more. Dr Culver was interviewed by 20 people, asking him about the original Black Wall Street. He also met with Mr. Bill Allen, the financier and leader for the New Black Wall Street, who bought a shopping center and are turning it into spaces for new business owners, making the New Black Wall Street Market. Dr. Culver was also able to promote and sell a few copies of Black Wall Street, by Hannibal Johnson.
Make sure to stay up to date with all of our social media, as all tenants will soon be posting their own videos about their buisnesses. These videos will show what makes each business in Greenwood unique.
Black Wall Street Alliance will be starting a Sunday Market soon, on August 8th, in the courtyard. The Sunday Market will include more vendors, artists and food.
Be sure to come down to Greenwood every weekend, for Welcome weekend, where there will be vendors, food and art.
Keep an eye out for upcoming events this July. The Greenwood Rising museum opens on July 14th. The Greenwood Business District will be setting up pop-ups for merchandise and more for the grand opening. Mr. Idea’s first Greenwood Paint and Sip is happening on Thursday, July 15, from 6:30 to 8:30, painting a piece of the Historic Greenwood district. Bring friends and family!
The Historic Greenwood district will also be opening its own exclusive merchandise store soon, located in the back of the Welcome Center. This store will feature the new Historic Greenwood logo and more pieces from Mr. Idea. Download the Shopify app, where the online store will be available, and the Emfluencer app, where business updates will start to be posted for the whole district.
This week was a very eventful week in Greenwood. This past Wednesday, June 16th, a press conference was held, breaking the news that the Historic Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Business district was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. There were dozens of speakers, attendees and local news coverage, which gave positive exposure to the amazing and growing community within Greenwood.
Juneteenth followed the press conference. The new federal holiday was another success, with many vendors selling great food, beautiful art, music and more. The main event during the day was the Black Wallstreet Alliance fashion show, with young and local runway-walkers. The nighttime event was a free concert by the multi-platinum r&b artist, Mario. This concert lasted from 10:30 to 1, and was a push to increase Greenwood’s nightlife, lead by the Greenwood Speakeasy, opening soon.
The Chamber of Commerce also recently partnered with the Tinker Federal Credit Union, located at 8920 E 61st St, Tulsa, OK 74133. Open a new bank account through TFCU to receive a free $10 into the account. TFCU is a non-profit company, and one of the various ways it returns its profits to the community is through financial education. Using their help, Greenwood plans to start a financial literacy class.
To see pictures of the press conference and Juneteenth, visit and follow @GreenwoodChamber on instagram. To learn more about the Tinker Federal Credit Union, visit TinkerFCU.org or copy and paste this URL into your browser https://www.tinkerfcu.org/
This week is Juneteenth. Juneteenth, nationally celebrated on June 19, is the annual celebration of the end of slavery, due to Abraham Lincoln’s issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration of Juneteenth on Greenwood started in 1989 by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in conjunction with the North Tulsa Heritage Foundation. Every June, the celebration features local, regional, and nationally renowned entertainers, food venues and more. This Juneteenth celebration also features a special runway fashion show.
The Green Chamber of Commerce Business District has also finally been added to the National Register of Historic Places. There will be a press conference Wednesday, June 16th, at 10:30 in front of the Welcome Center to discuss this great news. A new official instagram account has been created, where more news and updates will be posted about this week. Follow us @GreenwoodChamber.
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This weekend in Greenwood, May 28th through May 31st, many citizens of Tulsa, important political figures, descendants, celebrities and the last survivors, gathered to remember the 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre. The high level of publicity made progress in acknowledging an unfortunate event that had been hidden from history for so long, but there is still more work to be done. Sadly, while no decision on reparations has been made, Mayor G.T. Bynum made a statement, apologizing for the city government’s role in the massacre. After the centennial, president Joe Biden visited Greenwood district. Other visitors included important figures: attorney Ben Crump and Geoffrey Standing Bear, Chief of Osage nation.
Come see the Black Wall Street Alliance walkthrough museum across the street from the welcome center to see the original Ford model T with the crank-engine mechanism, and take some selfies to picture yourself in a thriving Greenwood. Also, visit the Manhattan on Greenwood Speakeasy experience in the Black Wall Street Alliance building. For a chance to see new vendors and shops on Greenwood, come to Welcome Weekend, every Saturday and Sunday from 11-4.