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Willie Sells owns Tee’s Barbershop on historic Greenwood Avenue in Tulsa Oklahoma.

“They plan to have Stacey Abrams keynote speaker,” Sells said while cutting a customer’s hair.

He knows all about the events surrounding the Race Massacre Centennial Remembrance planned in Tulsa.

“It’s not a celebration,” Sells said. “It’s in memory of my lost loved ones.”

His barbershop is the oldest Black-owned business on the street. He remembers Greenwood Avenue’s renaissance in later years.

“Archer to all the way to Pine Black-owned and operated,” Sells said. “They were operating at that time in the early ’60s and late ’50s.  So, Greenwood was booming.”

That was then. But Sells sees a different area now.         

“I’m just thankful that we could be here,” Sells said. “But I’m hoping things will get better in the future.”

A better future is what Angela Robinson is also hoping for. 

“I feel like I’m here for a reason…

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