Dr. Olivia Hooker, 100-Year-Old Survivor Of The “Black Wall Street” Massacre, Recounts Her Experience

October 5, 2015  |  

Interview from 2010, at 95 years old 

Interview from 2015, at her 100th birthday celebration. 

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  • Jon Johnson

    Nothing but lies……. this event started because some black men killed a bunch of white men….

    and the whites got pissed…..

    All the other reasons are just silly black fairy tales….

  • Terra Darene

    Much respect, love and admiration for her. Let me first say Black don’t crack. We can do so much as a people. One day, education will become more important than twerking. She’s beautiful.

  • Barbara

    It’s always so good to hear from the elderly Black people who lived this horrible experience. Thanks for posting her story.

  • TamBam

    This story is so sad but interesting! I always heard of Black Wallstreet but I had no idea what it was. Knowledge truly is power.

  • Dallas Manning

    Great repost article from Clutch.

  • IllyPhilly

    Wow, touching story. Sent chills down my spine

  • JustAThought

    I would just sit at her feet and simply listen.

  • Justine

    Most of our people don’t even know about Black Wallstreet. I dream that it will exist again. We need our strong black communities back. We need to learn to be self sufficient and support our own businesses again. At one time, we were a force to reckon with but then we bought the dream of desegregation.

  • Masterpieced

    I love her. We can do it again! Why does the USA fight so hard for illegals when reparations for the descendants of such atrocities are not paid? Because WE fight SO hard for illegal Latinos too!!!!!

    I wish they would rename that area SENECA PARK 2.

  • slim3542

    And today they display desecration against us by flooding our communities with Beer/liq delis on every corner. Korean beauty salons pact with the US gov to allow only them with supplying hair weave, hence the 9800 beauty supply stores that exist throughout the US, but less than 300 Black-owned. They flood our neighborhoods with Asian restaurants and Spanish bodegas on every corner….all this to sate, discombobulate, sedate and hinder our success.
    Nothing’s changed, just done in different forms.

    • Masterpieced

      But do we HAVE to buy hair weave? Boycott the Korean hair supply stores, the Spanish bodegas and the Asian restaurants. That’s Civil Rights History 101!!!

      • slim3542

        Black women wouldn’t be the sole contributors of a billion dollar business that doesn’t care about or support us had we not been brainwashed from the beginning that our natural hair wasn’t good enough. If Black women didn’t put hair relaxers on the head, we would see the results of many inches of long thick natural hair to take place. But we’re not patient enough and most importantly, not secure enough to live without hair weave and relaxers.

    • Justine

      You ever wonder why there are no Farmers Markets or healthy food options (restaurants) in Black neighborhoods. It’s a definitely a setup.

    • monique

      Don’t forget the arab stores that is no longer the black owned stores, that is in every black neighborhood in the country. I wouldn’t ware that hair weave….it comes from hyaena, horses, and raccoon hair, and you pay hundreds of dollars for that!

  • Vdub2014

    May she become a warrior angel in heaven. A beautiful woman who fought so hard for change. This broke my heart but gave me hope that the way I fight for change will help others down the line.

  • rondav77

    What an inspiring story by a remarkable woman! I truly enjoyed reading this story. The atrocities White people in this country have committed, continue to do, and will do in the future…yet, they want to call Black people animals. SMH

    • Angiemama=samboandvisaversa

      It’s a brainwashing mechanism that they use to manipulate our people to hate one another.

    • tracy smith

      And yet the interracial mixing with white folks go on and on.

  • Guest

    #NeverForget

  • RafiqaS

    Kudos for posting this and allowing this gem to tell her story. I watched a documentary about the massacre years ago and it has stayed with me. It’s an honor to hear this woman speak and I’m so happy she told the truth and called it was it was a Planned Desecration by racist, jealous whites who’s blood boiled at the mere thought of Black People having any sort of wealth and financial freedom and independence.

  • PeoplePlease7

    Respect to those pioneers. This economic model can and has been done again, but the power to safeguard that wealth via multiple means (politically, economically, etc…) is just as important.