Signs in the Brady District point toward development, but some say there’s a story behind them.
There are plans for the future, and pieces of past some refuse to forget.
“Do right by our people,” said James Johnson.
Plenty of newness can be spotted in the historic Brady District. It’s just blocks from the Greenwood District, but as far as Johnson is concerned, it’s a world away.
“I don’t think we’re going to have any piece until god is at the conference table,” said Johnson.
His grandmother survived the 1921 Race Riots, but many people she knew were killed on Greenwood. He said Tate Brady had a lot to do with it.
“He was a racist, he was a grand wizard of the klan,” said Johnson.
Johnson and Kristi Williams say they’re working with more than 50 people around Tulsa.
“We want it renamed,” said Johnson.
They’re planning a protest. They say they’ll march through the Brady District with signs, beating African drums, encouraging people to boycott businesses.
“I won’t spend one copper penny in that district until they change that name,” said Johnson.
FOX23 spoke with several business owners in the Brady District, off camera, no one agreed to speak on camera, but all of them said they didn’t see a point in protesting.
“The problem is, nobody wants to talk about it,” said Johnson.
Johnson said he’s not pitting black against white, but rather right, versus wrong.
“That’s all they have to do: just do right,” said Johnson.
The group plans to protest within the next two weeks.
According to previous FOX23 reports, Brady’s family denied his involvement in the KKK.