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Tulsa Groups Come Together To Increase Social Justice

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The NAACP, Black Lives Matter and members of a Tulsa church came together Thursday in an effort to increase social justice.

They say tensions around the city have been high after the Betty Shelby verdict and the 96th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riots.

So these advocates are pushing for more community policing and cultural understanding.

"The world we dream about the world with justice an peace for all won't just happen. it can't come to be until we wake up and wake each other up," said Barbara Prose with All Souls Unitarian Church.

Prose says their ultimate goal is to help maintain peace and understanding across Tulsa.

Local musician Leon Rollerson also hosted "Out of the Ashes Came Greatness" at the Jazz Hall of Fame.

The event recognized people who have made a positive difference in the community.

"We are an evolving people. We are a better people than we were during that time. So it gives me a sense of hope, a sense of happiness and accomplishment," said organizer, Victoria Ellington.

They recognized 50 people from all aspects of the city, including faith, politics, history and the arts.

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