Lena and the Burning of Greenwood: A Tulsa Race Massacre Survival Story By Nikki Shannon Smith, Markia Jenai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nikki Shannon Smith, Markia Jenai (Illustrator)
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In the early 1920s, the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the wealthiest Black community in the United States. But Tulsa is still a segregated city. "Black Wall Street" and white Tulsa are very much divided. Twelve-year-old Lena knows this, but she feels safe and sheltered from the racism in her successful, flourishing neighborhood. That all changes when Dick Rowland, a young Black man from Greenwood, is accused of assaulting a white woman. Racial tensions boil over. Mobs of white citizens attack Greenwood, terrorizing Black residents and businesses, and forcing many--including Lena and her family--to flee. Now Lena must help her family survive one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. Readers can learn the real story of the Tulsa Race Massacre from the nonfiction backmatter, including a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and author's note, in this Girls Survive story.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781666329445
ISBN-10: 1666329444
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2022
Pages: 112
Language: English