RELEASE ME, the Spirits of Greenwood Speak anthology (paperback edition)
Spirits of Greenwood yearn to artistically edify and exhort readers of this anthology with some historic facts about Black Wall Street; legacy building fundamentals; and some fun fictional accounts. RELEASE ME, the Spirits of Greenwood Speak anthology is a full color multi-disciplinary artistic book of poetry with contributions from Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo; award-winning poet/author/professor Quraysh Ali Lansana; leading historian on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Hannibal B. Johnson; Tulsa Artist Fellowship artists: Sarah Ahmad, Kalup Donte Linzy, Phetote Mshairi, and others; distinguished award winning photographer Don Thompson; Tulsa Historical Society; an array of Greenwood Arts Project artists; other renowned poets; skilled artisans; professionals from various vocations; and creative citizens of Tulsa, OK. RELEASE ME, the Spirits of Greenwood Speak anthology is a creative transliteration of the voices of the Spirits of Greenwood (aka Black Wall Street).
Despite segregation, Jim Crow laws, World War II, the Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl, Greenwood was an example of what a community of Black People could be when unified and self-sufficient. Greenwood was built (and rebuilt after the massacre) on the core principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, economic cooperation, purpose, creativity, faith, and education. Black dollars circulated like whirlwinds in the Greenwood District. It was so prosperous and booming with Black folks in various shades of prosperity, that acclaimed educator, author, and orator Booker T. Washington deemed it "Negro Wall Street" (more commonly known as “Black Wall Street”).
Don't just feed them cake, teach them the recipe. RELEASE ME, the Spirits of Greenwood Speak anthology has some artistically delicious recipes for nourishing food for thought.
RELEASE ME, the Spirits of Greenwood Speak anthology is a Greenwood Art Project.
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Greenwood is the body;
Black Wall Street is the Soul