There are several books already written about the bitter-sweet history of Tulsa’s famed Black Wall Street. Doni Glover, author of Unapologetically Black, instead looks at the story behind the story. How did those Black people get to Oklahoma in the first place? Who and what led them there? As Glover peels back the layers, the reader finds that Black Wall Street entrepreneurial spirit was birthed out of an amazing 500-year continuum of freedom colonies.
In I Am Black Wall Street, Glover counters mainstream thought with a book highlighting some little-known slave insurrections across the Western Hemisphere and their leaders, all the way to Spanish Florida. That’s where Black Seminole Chief John Horse emerges as a gallant warrior who led his people on the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma … and then beyond. Also, abolitionist John Brown and Exoduster leader “Pap” Singleton are among those recognized for their roles in making Kansas a popular destination for tens of thousands of Blacks fleeing the horrors of the Deep South.
Glover asserts that if Blacks could create freedom colonies and build Black Wall Street communities back then during the 1800s, then surely a Black person can start a business and succeed in America today. While entrepreneurship is not for everyone, it is increasingly a viable option.
And Black women-owned start-ups are leading the nation!
This book is sure to enlighten the reader to some important yet lesser-known history that is hidden right before our very eyes. I Am Black Wall Street will also inspire this new generation of entrepreneurs by assuring them that they stand on the very broad shoulders of certified giants who were masters of their own destiny.
Doni Glover is the CEO of DMGlobal Marketing and Public Relations, LLC, and the publisher of BmoreNews.com and BlackUSA.News. He is also the Executive Director of the I Am Black Wall Street Foundation and the founder of the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award. To date, BmoreNews and its partners have recognized over 1,700 Black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race in several US cities.