Young entrepreneurs shine during their night on Black Wall Street

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 05/21/2021, 2:21 AM

(TULSA, Okla.) It was a packed house at the inaugural Youth Entrepreneur Expo Thursday night. 

The event was held at and sponsored by the Greenwood Cultural Center.  

“With everything that’s going on with the hundredth anniversary of the massacre, we just wanted to be able to do some positive things and be able to incorporate the youth in that,” event coordinator Jayme Broome told VNN. 

Amari Green, owner of Mari’s Customz, was one of the three dozen entrepreneurs aged 8-18 showcasing their businesses and selling their wares. 

A budding entrepreneur at just 13, Green said she’s not just in business for herself. 

“I love to give back,” Green said. “I’m just a giving person, in general. I was raised to give back. So I push for the homeless because they don’t get enough love and support.” 

Green told us she’s giving a percentage of the night’s sales to John 3:16 Mission, a non-profit who provides food and shelter to Tulsa’s nearly 1,000 homeless people. 

While all of Mari’s Customz event tees were designed to promote awareness, Green said she’s ready to bring any custom tee shirt idea to life. 

“Clothing is an everyday thing and a lot of people like to be stylish,” Green said. “So I can customize if you just give me an idea.” 

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Other female-owned businesses at Thursday’s event include Cingh’s Blings, Royal’s Relaxing Slime, and Ember HaCo. 

To find more 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commemoration events happening at the Greenwood Cultural Center, click here


Ann Marie Worthley
05/23/2021, 1:25 PM

Great story!!