Protesters Hope To Establish African American Affairs Commission - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |


Protesters Hope To Establish African American Affairs Commission

Posted: Updated:
TULSA, Oklahoma -

It's their fourth protest in a year, asking once again for the same thing.

"We are here for a solidarity protest,” stated Protest Organizer Vanessa Hall-Harper.

Hall-Harper, who's running for City Council's District 1 seat, wants the City of Tulsa to establish an African American Affairs Commission.

She says the commission would serve as a mouthpiece for Tulsa's black population.

"If there are issues that arise in the community, they serve as a voice, an open line of communication with our local government,” she explained.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett proposed an ordinance to create the commission last month, telling city councilors, quote, "No one doubts that a Greater Tulsa Area African Affairs Commission would add a unique perspective to this collaboration.” 

However, the recent fiscal and operational challenges facing the City of Tulsa require a serious evaluation.

Bartlett also proposes forming a committee to look into the current commissions to find out whether "consolidating certain boards into an Intercultural Affairs Committee," in other words combining the commissions, would be more efficient and cost effective.

Councilor Jack Henderson, Hall-Harper's political opponent, says it's important to consider the city's budget.

He says consolidating would promote unity, whereas separate commissions would promote division.

Hall-Harper disagrees, saying different groups have different needs.

"Combining them would prove to be ineffective for everyone involved,” she stated.

The mayor's office says a committee is looking into Tulsa's human rights commissions.

There has been no word on when they'll finish their evaluation.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.


Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.