Tulsa Community Bands Together After Recent Tragedies

Saturday, July 9th 2016, 7:13 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa is speaking up after a series of events shook the nation.

Two police shootings involving black men in just one week and then what's being called a "revenge" attack on Dallas police officers are among those tragedies.

The incidents are provoking a national dialogue, especially here at home where wounds over race run deep.

“Tulsa, Oklahoma went through one of the worst racial events in this country and we're not going to do that again, not in our city," said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan.

On Friday, less than 24 hours after the Dallas police massacre, Chief Jordan addressed concerns within the community.

"We do recognize how we got to this point in our country and our goal is not to widen any gaps, not to create a chasm that can't be crossed,” stated Jordan. “Our goal is to continue to work with our community, communicate with our community and to build trust."

Tulsans gathered for a march that ended at Reconciliation Park Friday night, a symbol of healing after the 1921 race riots.

The objective was to spread love and pray for peace, healing and those killed this week.

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“Love is the root; love is right where everything starts," said march organizer Jen Thomas.

The community has set a tone to move forward.