Houston coffee shop vows to educate customers on Tulsa Race Massacre

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Brothers and owners of Day 6 Coffee Co. in downtown Houston are hoping customers can catch a lesson while catching hot brew this week.

On a specially-designed coffee cup that is being offered to customers who purchase a hot drink you'll notice there's art work symbolizing the devastation, violence and murders that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 100 years ago.

Damage lingers 100 years after Tulsa Race Massacre
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1994 home video shows Ernestine Gibbs, a survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre, remember the day a white mob stormed the city's Greenwood District, known as Black Wall Street.



"I never heard about it until after college," said co-owner RJ Wilson. "After college, as I started educating myself, then I started to look into it."

Now, RJ and his brother, Ian, are hoping to share the self-taught American history to others.

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"The schools aren't educating us on it so what can we do to educate on it?" said RJ.

What happened in the prosperous Greenwood District of Tulsa was a racist-fueled attack on hundreds of innocent Black people who were finally beginning to thrive in America. The community was dubbed the "Black Wall Street."

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Viola Fletcher, 107, and Hughes "Uncle Red" Vann Ellis, 100, both survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre, are calling for justice and acknowledgment of a painful past.



On May 31, 1921, a white mob stormed the neighborhood, and over a 14-hour period destroyed black homes, looted and burned Black-owned businesses and murdered at least 300 people.

"We're hoping there's really like a renaissance of Black-owned companies like the Black Wall Street," said RJ. "Tulsa was a Black Wall Street that was destroyed."

The Wilson brothers hope the education will inspire black entrepreneurs to keep pursuing their passion.

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