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Ajamu Kojo’s ongoing series “Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations” takes the story of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma Massacre and the havoc it wrought on the Black community in the Greenwood District, known as Black Wall Street, as its centerpiece. Kojo presents a spiritually uplifting dedication to the people who called Greenwood their home over a century ago. The Tulsa Massacre is often cited as the single most violent race-related incident in United States history. For nearly a century, the history of the incident wherein over 800 people in the community were killed or injured by a mob of white supremacists has been obscured. In 2016, the artist stumbled upon a video of Dr. Olivia Hooker, the last surviving resident of the Greenwood community. After listening to Dr. Hooker speak, Kojo dove into to extensive research and exploration of the history of the massacre, and envisioned a path to immortalizing the people of Greenwood through his art. He selected members of his Brooklyn community – artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs – who to him represented reimaginings of the people who made Black Wall Street what it was.