Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations

Thursday, January 5, 2017–Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Gallery at the Sheen Center


Ajamu Kojo shares the story of Black Wall Street (Tulsa, OK) aka Little Africa through his works as a story for all people.

He believes our great country has always proclaimed itself as the land of equality and justice. He injects that for some the American dream has never come to pass. Within the last 15 years, with the assistance of social media and modern day technology, Kojo believes that the world has come to realize what the disenfranchised have known all along – systemic racism in America never dissolved itself. It simply transformed. Instead of justice and equality, those less fortunate are served with injustice and inequality.

Kojo’s Black Wall Street: A Case For Reparations is a socio-political and spiritual project to assist in shedding light on a nugget of American history that many are still unaware of. Kojo wants to strengthen and add to the healing process of this great nation, so that we, its people, may live up to honor its name. Welcome to his sanctuary of wall-to-wall adornment; presenting re-imagined portraits of families from Tulsa that perished when their community was bombed and burned to the ground by terrorists. Take the opportunity to listen to a first hand account, as told by Kojo, from the last survivor of the Greenwood community of Tulsa, OK during the years of Black Wall Street.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ajamu Kojo was born in Minneapolis, MN. Kojo attended Howard University where he majored in Film and Television Production and minored in Theatre Arts. During the four and a half years he spent in the District of Columbia, he completed three independent shorts that he wrote, directed and edited; one of which earned him an award in the Chicago film festival. Upon moving to New York City, he penned two original screenplays and two adaptations. Then in 2002 he exhibited for the first time at GUMBO – a group show with curators Patrick-Earl Barnes and Lawrence Joyner. In 2004, he exhibited with Carol Jones at the Atelier International Art Group and also at the David Huckaby Gallery in New Haven, CT.

He splits his time between developing independent film projects, working as a scenic artist with USA Local 829 and concentrating on his works of fine art.

In addition to working on such projects as Law&Order, Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl, He is continuously developing works which take on a critical view of social, political and cultural issues through story, slices of life and moments of voyeurism.

Kojo lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.