Metropolitan College of New York and GodLee Entertainment, Inc.

presented in honor of Black History Month

“Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed”
February 20 & 21, 2024

“The Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) community is proud to be hosting Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed at our Manhattan campus. MCNY’s mission is unique in its explicit commitment to social justice: our curricular model, Purpose-Centered Education, empowers our students to make positive changes in their communities. The lessons of Greenwood are as urgent today as they were 100 years ago.”
—MCNY President Joanne Passaro

“It is not often that one gets the opportunity to direct a project of such ancestral pride and horrific results that teaches and entertains at the same time.”
—Lynnie Godfrey, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of ESSENCE OF ACTING and Director of the Equity Staged Reading of Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed

“For our busy adult college students, art provides an open window for fresh ideas, new perspectives, and a moment to focus on an aspect of life revealed in its truest form. The play Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed informs, inspires and affirms.”
—Joy Colelli, MCNY Vice President of Enrollment Management

About this Event:

Who:  Metropolitan College of New York and Godlee Productions present Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed directed by Lynnie Godfrey and written by Celeste Bedford-Walker

What: This Actors Equity staged-reading of Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed by playwright Celeste Bedford Walker tells the powerful story of the tragedy that took place on May 31, 1921, in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma from the perspective of three generations of the Boley family, a representative composite of an African-American family that may have lived during that tragic and tumultuous time.

Where:  Metropolitan College of New York Manhattan Campus, 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006

When:  February 20 and 21, 2024

Press – for additional information please contact:
Tina Georgiou, tgeorgiou@mcny.edu, 212-343-1234 ext 2626

Short History of Greenwood Community: In highly segregated Tulsa, Oklahoma, an African American community known as the “Negro Wall Street” grew and thrived. The Greenwood District boasted one of the most affluent African American communities in the country. Black citizens created entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves with a vibrant business district including banks, hotels, cafes, movie theaters, modern homes, and an excellent education system. Then disaster and devastation struck.

Hustle and Bustle on the Streets of Greenwood Prior to May 1921

Tulsa police arrested a young black man on an unsubstantiated charge. An inflammatory report in the Tulsa Tribune the next day spurred a racial confrontation and the Greenwood District found itself looted and burned for over 24 hours by white mobs. Thirty-five city blocks lay in charred ruins, over 300 black residents were killed, 600 African American businesses burned to the ground, and thousands were left homeless.

Before and After

About Metropolitan College of New York
For almost 60 years, MCNY has been serving highly motivated adult learners and has produced over 12,000 graduates; a vibrant network of professionals engaged in improving our world and striving for excellence. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, private college committed to providing a superior, experientially-based education that fosters personal and professional development, promotes social justice, and encourages positive change in workplaces and communities. MCNY campuses are located in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006 and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455. For more information visit mcny.edu or call 212-343-1234.

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These images are a sampling of this Black History Month presentation.