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Friendship West Baptist Church honors Legacy of Black Wall Street

The Social Justice Megachurch Will Host a Two-Day Vendor Marketplace for Black and Minority-Owned Businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and an Uplifting Sunday Service featuring a book signing by Tamika Mallory

Friendship-West Baptist Church will host a series of events to celebrate their 45th church anniversary and commemorate the legacy of the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Okla., which is also referred to as Black Wall Street. Community members are invited to learn and honor the efforts of those who created a rich cultural community and sustained a thriving economic base for black people. West Wall Street, a COVID safe minority business vendor marketplace, will take place on June 12, 2021, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and June 13, 2021, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the church, located at 2020 Wheatland Road, Dallas, Texas 75232. In addition, the 45th Church Anniversary Service, will be an uplifting virtual and drive-in service at the church, on June 13, 2021, starting at 10 a.m. Services will also be streamed on the church’s website, YouTube channel and social media platforms. All events are free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register for the drive-in worship service.

Pastor Freddie Haynes

The 45th Church Anniversary Service will feature activist, author, and co-founder of Until Freedom, Tamika Mallory and guest preacher and activist, Rev. Dr. Jacqueline A. Thompson, senior pastor of the historic Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California. Attendees can expect to be uplifted and encouraged by both speakers. Participants who attend West Wall Street will also have the opportunity to attend a book signing for Tamika Mallory’s latest book, “State of Emergency: How We Win in the Community We Built.”

West Wall Street will feature more than 40 Black and minority-owned businesses that community members can support and network with over two days. For more information on West Wall Street and to find the business directory, please visit:
https://www.friendshipwest.org/west-wall-street.

“We have been hosting West Wall Street for many years in homage to Black Wall Street to support and build strong Black businesses which in turn build strong Black families and communities,” said Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church. “West Wall Street provides a significant economic impact for the businesses who participant. Many of them have said they make their revenue for the entire year during West Wall Street.”

The member 12,000 congregation dedicated to justice, activism, action, and advocacy, believes that it is critical to remember the stories of their ancestors to move forward. Their mission is to carry the torch of Black Wall Street in Tulsa OK, and to reimagine a new Black Wall Street for Black communities across the nation. In the early 1900s, the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa was one of the wealthiest Black communities in the 20th century. The area was thriving with 600 Black businesses, a bank and hospital, 20+ restaurants and more. Friendship-West Baptist Church hopes to establish a community in the southern sector of DFW that experiences economic growth and stability for all businesses. Community members are encouraged to take the journey to build and support black and minority-owned businesses to strengthen communities that have been underserved for years.

For more information on this year’s events, please visit https:// www.friendshipwest.org.

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