Film Critique ” The Night Tulsa Burned”

I believe a lot of people don’t know about this movie or even about the historical background of it, even though it is such an important night in black and white history. If you haven’t seen it, watch it, it is totally worth it!



FILM LENGTH    50 Minutes

PRODUCER: Sean P.Geary

                           Mark Montgomery


Production by Triage Entertainment

Cast: Jonny D. Kirk, Hannibal B. Johnson ( Attorney, Author)



 Historical  Documentary


†        IS THIS FILM A TRUE STORY? Yes. It is about the Tulsa Race Riot where a large scale racially motivated conflict between white and black communities broke out. The Greenwood District,” Negro Wall St.” was burned down.



The Gap Band was an American funk band, who rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. Comprising brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson, the band first formed as the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band in 1967 in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group shortened its name to The Gap Band in 1973. After 43 years together, they retired in 2010.


†        Historical Background:


Booker Taliaferro Washington (1858 or 59 – November 14, 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, advisor to Republican presidents, and black political leader. He was the dominant figure in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. Representative of the last generation of black American leaders born in slavery, he spoke on behalf of the large majority of blacks who lived in the South but had lost their ability to vote through disfranchisement by southern legislatures. While his opponents called his powerful network of supporters the “Tuskegee Machine,” Washington maintained power because of his ability to gain support of numerous groups: influential whites; the black business, educational and religious communities nationwide; financial donations from philanthropists, and his accommodation to the political realities of the age of Jim Crow segregation.

Washington played a dominant role in black politics, winning wide support in the black community and among more liberal whites (especially rich Northern whites). He gained access to top national leaders in politics, philanthropy and education. Washington’s efforts included cooperating with white people and enlisting the support of wealthy philanthropists, helping to raise funds to establish and operate thousands of small community schools and institutions of higher education for the betterment of blacks throughout the South. This work continued for many years after his death. Washington argued that the surest way for blacks to gain equal social rights was to demonstrate “industry, thrift, intelligence and property.”

He secretly funded litigation for civil rights cases, such as challenges to southern constitutions and laws that disfranchised blacks. Washington was on close terms with national republican leaders, and often was asked for political advice by presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. His work greatly helped blacks to achieve higher education, financial power and understanding of the U.S. legal system. This contributed to blacks’ attaining the skills to create and support the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, leading to the passage of important federal civil rights laws.


THREE HISTORICAL FACTS THAT I didn’t know before watching this movie:


  • I wasn’t aware that there was such a big race riot in Tulsa on May 31, 1921. Those are such important things but in german history classes we just don’t learn about them. 300 people, probably more, died in that riot and 6000 black people got separated from their families.
  • I learned about the dimension of this riot and that reason why it came to this riot, Dick Roland and Sarah Page. I think it is interesting and still very true that people don’t need to know the truth and still judge and start wars and fights over things they can’t even be sure about that happened.
  • I also did not know that the Greenwood District was result of the Jim Crow Law and that the black people started the businesses because they weren’t allowed in the white ones. That’s such a shame. I am very glad I didn’t grow up in America being always confronted with racism I was also really shocked that the white people used the black people to rebuild everything they burned down. I also didn’t know that the Red Cross did such a great job helping the people there even during that time.
  • DID YOU LIKE THIS FILM? WHY? WHY NOT?  I definitely liked watching the movie and learning from it. Obviously I can’t agree with the history that they show, I think it is awful but the film shows a lot of interesting historical background information which I didn’t know anything about before watching it.

I would rate this film with a 9. It has great features of people contributing to telling the story and is based on historical background. It is yet very interesting. It only has 9 * because I would have liked it to be a little bit longerJ

~ by Colorful Soul on 03/20/2012.

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