OWN & discovery+ to Premiere Black Wall Street Special


The Legacy of Black Wall Street, a two-part OWN Spotlight event, is set to roll out on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and discovery+ next month.

Tracking the rise of Black Wall Street in Oklahoma’s Greenwood District up until the tragic 1921 Tulsa race massacre that destroyed the 36-block booming business epicenter, The Legacy of Black Wall Street shifts the narrative from the massacre itself to amplify the voices of those Black pioneers who then went West to build their American dream. The commemorative special will weave their stories with the modern-day Black pioneers who now continue the path to healing and rebuilding the rise of the Black community that currently resides in Greenwood.

The Legacy of Black Wall Street will air on Tuesday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 8 on discovery+, broadcasting in prime time on OWN at 9 p.m. The special is produced by Trailblazer Studios. Deborah Riley Draper serves as director and producer.

Tina Perry, president of OWN, said: “We’re proud to tell this powerful story and commemorate the triumphant survivors who worked to rebuild and reclaim Black Wall Street. This is a significant moment in our history that will not be forgotten. We will continue to amplify Black excellence and resilience on OWN as we make strides on the road to healing.”

Ashleigh Di Tonto, senior VP of development for Trailblazer Studios and executive producer, added: “It is an honor getting to spend time with these truly remarkable pioneers and their direct descendants. Deborah and I wanted to share the intimate and unknown origin stories of those pioneers that can only be told by those closest to them; an oral history that’s passed down generation to generation. Getting to be the stewards of their stories is a privilege that is not lost on us.”