Washington Wizards’ basketball player Russell Westbrook is busy when he’s not on the basketball court. After the announcement last week that he joined the Varo Bank As an investor and advisor, Westbrook has more news to report.
According to Deadline, The History Channel has announced that it has picked up Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre, a documentary compiled by Westbrook, Donnell Beverly (President of Russell Westbrook Enterprises), Blackfin (an eOne company), and Firelight Films , Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams.
Excited to bring this project to life about such a significant event in American history. Come to @HISTORY pic.twitter.com/peQQSsjmq8 this spring
– Russell Westbrook (@ russwest44) February 18, 2021
“The Tulsa Race Massacre wasn’t something I was taught about in school or in any of my history books,” Westbrook said. “It was only after spending 11 years in Oklahoma that I learned of this deeply troubling and heartbreaking event. This is one of many overlooked stories from African Americans in this country that deserves to be told. These are the stories we need to honor and expand so that we can learn from the past and create a better future. “
The documentary is due to premiere in spring on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre.
Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre is directed by Nelson (Freedom Riders) and Williams (Two Towns of Jasper) and produced by Westbrook. It describes one of the worst acts of racist violence in American history. Mobs of white Oklahoma residents attacked and destroyed the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the time it was the richest black community in the country and known as Black Wall Street.
Nelson tells Tulsa World: “The terrible story of the burning of Black Wall Street haunted me for a long time. While I was able to address the Tulsa Race Massacre in a short section in a previous film, I knew that this story needed much deeper treatment. I’m grateful to be working with such wonderful partners on this film – Marco Williams, who I worked with on Tell Them We Are Rising, Russell Westbrook, Blackfin, and the History Channel. Together, we want to restore Tulsa, Oklahoma and the fateful events associated with the 1921 massacre of black people to their rightful place in American history. “