John Legend's film company to produce Black Wall Street series

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John Legend's Get Lifted Film Co. is set to produce a series delving into one of the largest mass killings of African-Americans in modern history.

Black Wall Street centres on the thriving economic hub built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by the black middle-class, with black-owned business and black-owned banks. It was burnt down over two days during the Tulsa race riots, led by the Ku Klux Klan, in 1921. Many people feel race relations in America would have developed differently had Black Wall Street been allowed to grow.

It's an often forgotten chapter of history, despite as many as 300 African-Americans losing their lives and about 9,000 people being left homeless.

Black citizens are directed towards the Convention Hall to be given food and water while Black Wall Street burns (TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY/AP)
Black citizens are directed towards the Convention Hall to be given food and water while Black Wall Street burns (TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY/AP)

The show is a collaboration between Get Lifted and WGN America, following the success they enjoyed with the first season of Underground, about the Underground Railroad slaves used to escape in Georgia.

"We're so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America," Get Lifted's Mike Jackson told Deadline. "Our experience working with them on Underground has been fantastic. Additionally, we're looking forward to working with our friend Tika Sumpter to help tell this incredible story that many people know nothing about."

The show could debut in 2018 if picked up as a series but, in the meantime, here's some reading around the subject, and a documentary.