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Akron native LeBron James to produce documentary on Black Wall Street Massacre

The documentary will depict the "Tulsa Race Massacre" of 1921.

CLEVELAND — Time and time again, Akron native LeBron James proves he is far more than just an athlete. 

On Monday, James' entertainment company, SpringHill Entertainment, confirmed they are working on a documentary depicting the "Tulsa Race Massacre" of 1921.

Monday, June 1 marked the 99th year anniversary that a white mob rushed an affluent black community, known as the "Black Wall Street," in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Roughly 1,200 homes were burned, 35 blocks burned, and an estimated 300 black people were killed, according to Vox

In a tweet, SpringHill called the historic event "one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history." For decades the story of the massacre was ignored, covered up and or falsely deduced to "race riot." 

" We knew we had to empower her to tell that story," SpringHill said in a tweet about the documentary's director, Salima Koroma.

It wasn't until the late 90's that Oklahoma assembled a commission to delve into the history of the tragic event. In 2001, they released their findings. However, many questions remain unanswered. 

The news of the documentary comes amidst worldwide protests and demonstrations condemning the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died in police custody, as well as other racial injustices.

James created SpringHill Entertainment with business partner and long-time friend Maverick Carter. The production company is behind the James documentary, "More than a Game," and Netflix's "Top Boy" among several other film and television projects.

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