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GALLERY: Juneteenth In Tulsa

While supporters of President Donald Trump gathered to hear him speak at the BOK Center on Saturday, thousands attended the Juneteenth celebration that took place just a few blocks away the day before.

Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton headlined the event, which took place in the Greenwood District. The district was known as Black Wall Street before hundreds of businesses were burned to the ground in 1921.

Those in attendance of Sharpton’s speech like Tulsa resident Angela Walker took away a message of unity against injustice.

"I love the fact that he gave the people hope and that we have some direction, a directive," Walker said. "He gave us some direction on what’s the next step and we’re not out here just frivolously joining for one time only it has to be a continuous press forward and we have to do it together."

While there were several protests that took place over the weekend in response to Trump’s rally, none of them turned violent, and Juneteenth in Greenwood stretched into a weekend of celebration.

Seth Bodine was KOSU's agriculture and rural issues reporter from June 2020 to February 2022.
Ryan LaCroix is the Director of Content and Audience Development for KOSU.
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