Organizers Hold Black Lives Matter Protest In Downtown Tulsa

Tuesday, July 12th 2016, 8:35 pm

By: News On 6

Organizers held a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Tulsa Tuesday evening.

The rally comes on the heels of two police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and after President Obama attended a memorial service for the Dallas police officers killed following a Black Lives Matter protest there last week.

Folks started showing up at the Greenwood Cultural Center about 3:00 p.m. The march took just days to organize.

Organizers said they want people to stand together and demand an end to the system of police brutality and to the killing of unarmed black people.

The march, being held on Greenwood, holds specific significance.

Nearly 100 years ago, that is where the Tulsa Race riots took place. The violence killed hundreds of people and destroyed dozens of buildings.

Although many people's emotions are still high following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, organizers are calling for a peaceful march.

"A number of issues that's been swept under the rug. Right here in our state. We want a voice on that too. We have people right here suffering through the same thing. It's going on all around the world, it's happening all around the world and right here in our home," Bobby Scott said.

The group began the march on Archer, where they spent time protesting on both sides of the street.

After that, they headed to the Cincinnati Bridge and ended at city hall.


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