Opal’s Greenwood Oasis

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By Najah-Amatullah Hylton and Qurayash Ali Lansana

Illustrated by Skip Hill

Description

“Ah, sweet Opal Brown, standing here on the cusp of history.”–Marilyn Nelson, author of the Printz and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, A Wreath for Emmett Till

The year is 1921, and Opal Brown would like to show you around her beautiful neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Filled with busy stores and happy families, Opal also wants you to know that “everyone looks like me.”

In both words and illustrations, this carefully researched and historically accurate book allows children to experience the joys and success of Greenwood, one of the most prosperous Black communities of the early 20th Century, an area Booker T. Washington dubbed America’s Black Wall Street.

Soon after the day narrated by Opal, Greenwood would be lost in the Tulsa Race Massacre, the worst act of racial violence in American history. As we approach the centennial of that tragic event, children have the opportunity through this book to learn and celebrate all that was built in Greenwood.