Marc Lamont Hill‘s ex dream hampton is set to direct a series about the Tulsa Race Massacre, an act of racial violence that occurred nearly 100 years ago.
The 49-year-old writer/filmmaker who stylizes her name in all lower caps, says the time is right for such a compelling series about race relations in America.
Hampton, pictured below with activist Tarana Burke, says she’s inspired by the persistence of Black people from Tulsa.
“Black people from Tulsa have refused to let the Greenwood District Massacre be erased from history. I’m so inspired by their persistence to lift up the stories of what North Tulsa was before the massacre,” hampton said in a statement on Monday about the burning of Tulsa’s Greenwood District, dubbed “Black Wall Street” for its collection of successful African American-owned businesses.
Over 300 Americans were killed and thousands more were displaced from their homes as the Greenwood District was torched by white supremacists.