For Visitors From New York, Tulsa A 'Sacred Place'

Saturday, June 20th 2020, 10:20 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. -

President Donald Trump's visit Saturday to Tulsa attracted thousands of his supporters, but it also attracted opponents and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lillie and Richard Booze decided to support BLM in Tulsa on the day the president visited. They said Tulsa has a special place in their hearts.

"It's something special. It's history for us," said Lillie Booze, who came to Tulsa from Buffalo, New York. "Black people built (Black Wall Street), and it got destroyed. So when we come here, we feel it's like our sacred place."

While thousands of people congregated inside the BOK Center to listen to President Trump speak at his first rally since the pandemic shut down much of the country in March, Black Lives Matter supporters spent the day outside the BOK Center before moving toward the Greenwood District after the president had already left for Washington, D.C. Richard Booze, who also goes by the name 'King Ace' told News On 6 that he believes the movement is bigger than mere protests.

"I think white America is waking up with Black America. So, we're really in the middle of a revolution," he said.

Lillie added to what Richard said: "It's not just Black people protesting. It's whites and Blacks, Puerto Rican, Chinese. It's everybody."