Church Holds Prayer March For Peace In Downtown Tulsa

Sunday, June 7th 2020, 12:31 am
By: Erick Payne

TULSA, Okla. -

The hot weather didn't stop people from making their voices heard Saturday as the temperature outside closed in on 100 degrees.

Tulsa's Center of the Universe took center stage as more than 200 people began their rally march to Reconciliation Park.​

The group was led by Sheridan Church and Pastor Jackson Lahmeyer.

"A week ago, I woke up with just an idea that we were going to do a small prayer walk just from our church," Lahmeyer said.

But Lahmeyer’s idea spread like wildfire.

"We have some momentum,” Lahmeyer said. “It is 100 degrees, but people are showing up.”

Tulsa police blocked off roads to protect those marching down the street. Protesters held signs that read "We Can't Breathe," "Black Lives Matter," and "I will not keep silent."​

Protester Charlotte Smith said protests like the one in downtown Tulsa, along with voting in elections, can be catalysts for change.

“And talking to people of different races so there's more understanding, less ignorance, (and) less fear," Smith said.​

The group came together at Reconciliation Park for an hour of worship and prayer.

Smith said it's heartening that people of all ages and all races are standing up against injustice.​

"I just love that there's people from all different churches, different ethnicities, (and) different ages,” Smith said. “I was just telling my friends, we all agree, this is what heaven looks like.”