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…