John Legend is partnering up with WGN America to tell the story of an important part of black American history: Black Wall Street.
In a report from Deadline, Legend will be spearheading a series about Black Wall Street (the show is also named after the important black community), a wealthy black neighborhood in Greenwood, Tulsa that was attacked in 1921 by a mob of angry whites who burned it down and massacred hundreds of black residents over two days.
However in spite of the devastating attack the community rebuilt from the ruins until desegregation began.
The show will examine how Black Wall Street and the community around its creation became a safe haven even at a time of deep segregation. It will also examine the backlash that the community faced over the course of the two day rampage.
Get Lifted Company, the production team created by Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious, has already gotten a deal for early development on Black Wall Street.