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Oprah to produce segregation miniseries starring Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer (pictured) is set to star in a miniseries on the Oklahoma race riots produced by Oprah Winfrey.
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Fresh off of record breaking ratings for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Oprah has her eyes set on her next project—a miniseries on race riots.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the two-part miniseries will star Academy Award-winning actress, Octavia Spencer.

It's a story that many Americans would like to forget, but Oprah is pulling no punches as she digs deep into the story of segregation and racial tension.

Spencer (The Help) plays a journalist investigating the 1921 Oklahoma race riots where an estimated 300 people were believed to have been murdered surrounding segregation laws and the prosperous black community of Greenwood.

The Oklahoma Historical Society describes this very little talked about event as, "the single worst incident of racial violence in American history."

The riots lasted eighteen horrific hours on May 31 and June 1, 1921, and "by the time the violence ended, the city had been placed under martial law, thousands of Tulsans were being held under armed guard, and the state's second-largest African American community had been burned to the ground."

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