Tim Story To Helm Film About 1921 Tulsa Race Riot
Tim Story is set to direct and produce a film about the 1921 Tulsa race riot, the most devastating race relations massacres in U.S. history.
Story and Doug Griffin are producing through the Story Company with Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity. Zak Kilberg and Blue Ridge Media are executive producing. Christopher Kubasik has been hired to write the screenplay, inspired by Corinda Marsh’s historical novel “Holocaust in the Homeland: Black Wall Street’s Last Days.”
The book’s account, seen through the eyes of a fictional reporter, focuses on the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Okla., which was called “Black Wall Street” because of its economic success. The riot completely razed Greenwood, destroying the lives of its 10,000 residents.
The riot began over a Memorial Day weekend after a young black man was accused of raping a young white female. That resulted in thousands of white residents rampaging through the community and planes dropping burning balls of turpentine on homes. No records exist as to how many people were killed and injured and no one was ever prosecuted. An American Red Cross social worker wrote in a 1921 report that up to 300 blacks were killed.
The riot was mostly ignored until 1996, when the state legislature authorized the Oklahoma Commission to Investigate the Tulsa Race Riot. HBO aired “The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story” in 2000.
Watch below as Olivia Hooker, the last survivor of the 1921 Tulsa riot.