“We’re so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America,” Get Lifted’s Mike Jackson told Deadline. “Our experience working with them on Underground has been fantastic. Additionally, we’re looking forward to working with our friend Tika Sumpter to help tell this incredible story that many people know nothing about.”
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The Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to the most prominent concentrations of African-American businesses in the U.S. during the early 20th century, and was popularly known as”Black Wall Street” until the Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which the Oklahoma state government with the assistance of Tulsa’s racist white residents massacred hundreds of black residents and torched the neighborhood to within hours.
The riot was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of U.S. race relations, destroying the once thriving Greenwood community. But white historians and revisionists don’t like to speak about it.
To learn more about the real story about this part of our history check out: Black Wall Street: A Legacy of Success, The Destruction of Black Wall Street, and Black Wall Street: A Look Back [Photos].
John Legend’s production company is also behind “Turn Me Loose,” an Off-Broadway production about comedian and activist Dick Gregory, and “Southside With You,” a film about the Obamas. Legend also served as an executive producer on the groundbreaking series “Underground.”