Children's Education Advocate Recognized By Tulsa Community Leaders
TULSA, Oklahoma - "Advancing the dream and becoming that beloved community where everybody has dignity, everybody’s life matters- that is what I hope comes from today," said Dr. Robert Turner of Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church.
MLK celebrations continue as the community comes together to remember and celebrate the life of Dr. King. A Tulsa man is being recognized for spending years advocating for kids to get the education they deserve. The theme of the night is Advancing the Dream 2019. The hope is to bring Tulsans from every walk of life together to celebrate a hero and get inspired for the future.
“With so many people being partisan and contentious to celebrate someone who really rose above that and tried to bring out the best of America," said Dr. Robert Turner of Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Organizers from Tulsa’s Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church and the Terence Crutcher Foundation are hoping to bring Tulsans from every block of the community together in a display of unity
“It is important for us to inspire all in attendance to not just commemorate Dr. King's movement but to resurrect the movement and truly be a part of the change that we want to see," said Dr. Tiffany Crutcher of the Terence Crutcher Foundation.
Darryl Bright has lived in Tulsa almost four decades and for years has been advocating for Tulsa children to have the best education possible- regardless of what color their skin is, or where they live. It's a mission he says is far from over but tonight his work is being recognized with the MLK Trailblazer Award.
"I think folks do understand that schools are the most important social and public institutions in our communities. You cannot talk about economic development or economic justice unless you have educational justice," said education advocate and activist Darryl Bright.
It is an event organizers hope makes a lasting impact on the Tulsa community.
“Right now, here in Tulsa, Oklahoma we are still fighting those same battles, those same fights for equality and justice," said Dr. Tiffany Crutcher of the Terence Crutcher Foundation.