Standing-Room Only Crowd Listens To Jesse Jackson Speak in North Tulsa

Saturday, April 14th 2012, 10:49 pm
By: News On 6

Rev. Jesse Jackson is trying to restore hope and start the healing process in north Tulsa after the Good Friday shootings.

There was standing-room only at the First Baptist Church North Tulsa as key city leaders spoke about the shootings and how the community has come together.

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Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson said he's proud to represent the city because blacks and whites are uniting to bring justice to the families and victims.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett said now is the time to start the process of dealing with the aftermath.

Jackson, a special guest speaker at the event, continued to stress that Oklahoma should make hate crimes felonies, instead of just misdemeanors.

He also said that there can't be healing until we look beyond the color of people's skin and stop killing people in revenge for another senseless death.

"Nobody has the right to kill anybody," Jackson said. "Thou shall not kill."

The families of the shooting victims and the two surviving victims were at the rally.

Read all of our stories about the deadly shooting spree here