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- Kristi Eaton highlights how students of Urban Coders Guild, an Oklahoma STEM nonprofit, built websites to represent what businesses destroyed in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre might look like today.
- How can donors support this organization working to provide opportunities in STEM to underrepresented students?
- Read about the devastating effects of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
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More than 100 years ago, a white mob attacked Tulsa, Oklahoma’s thriving Greenwood District, home to the city’s African-American community, killing hundreds and destroying businesses.
Now, a group of young students are bringing some of those businesses to life in a project that links coding and history.
Ahead of the centennial commemorating the Tulsa Race Massacre earlier this month, Urban Coders Guild was working with local students to build websites for the businesses destroyed during the horrific event a century ago, as if those businesses were still around today. The project can’t undo the horrors of what came to be known as the Tulsa Race Massacre — one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history — but the people behind it hope that it will help spur knowledge around the horrific event as well as teach students an invaluable skill along the way.
“While a good many of the businesses were rebuilt after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, none of them exist today,” says Mikeal Vaughn, founder and executive director of Urban Coders Guild, a nonprofit organization providing STEM education opportunities to underrepresented communities in Tulsa.
So the students are reimagining what they would look like today by building the websites. Along the way, they are learning coding skills and learning about a historic event that has only recently been talked about in mainstream media.
“The students were given some creative license to use their combined skill sets to create an awesome website for each business that tells that business’ story as if it were an existing business today,” he says.
Read the full article about digitally rebuilding Black Wall Street by Kristi Eaton at The 74.