hONORING THE lIVES Lost in the 1921 massacre

On May 29th, African American Women In Cinema in partnership with The United Black Wall Street of America, Inc presented a Historical Film Festival in honor of the Centennial Commemoration of the 1921 Tragedy.

Sponsored by: Brompont, TransAmerica, Soul City Network TV

This Historical event took place at the prestigious Greenwood Gallery located in downtown Tulsa. It featured film screenings on the topic along with a question and answer segment with the filmmaker who gave rare insight as to why the subject matter was chosen. In addition, the program highlighted unique conversations moderated by African American Women In Cinema President, Terra Renee with the descendants as well as "The First Family" of Taft Oklahoma, whose mother, Mayor Lelia Foley was the First African American Women Mayor in the United States. Audience members were moved by the keynote panel, moderated by Tam Lawrence, CEO of Exposure who also received the "Woman of the Year" by African American Women In Cinema. Other Honorees include, Dr. Jana B. Woodhouse, Wall Street Pioneer, Laurel Stradford, Great Grand Daughter of JB Stradford, a Hotel owner in 1921 and Matt McCoy, CEO of Soul City Network LLC.

festival spotlight

jb stradford

JB Stradford was a pillar of Tulsa's Greenwood neighborhood in 1921. He owned several businesses, and his Stradford Hotel was one of the largest Black-Owned hotels in the United States.

Laurel Stradford, who received the AAWIC Influential Award at the historic film festival is a descendant of JB Stradford.

Laurel's cousin, Lauren Usher introduced President Biden in Tulsa, Ok after giving the family history.

African American Women In Cinema Organization is pleased to be a Proud member of the World Conference of Mayors & the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance Black Wall Street Centennial Commemoration Committee.

World Conference of Mayors (WCM) & Historic Black Towns and Settlement Alliance (HBTSA)



Opening Reception (left) and Women's Leadership Breakfast (right)

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Stone Mansion

(One of the films featured in the Historic Film Festival)

Set in LITTLE AFRICA, THE "BLACK WALL STREET" of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stone Mansion tells the story of a prominent Black doctor Dr. Marcus and his wife Mabel Stone, who are forced to make a difficult choice, either to stay and defend their beautiful home or run with nothing but their lives on the eve in 1921 of the most heinous race riots in US history.