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Tulsa Trip 2.0 October 24, 2008

Posted by clintcarter in Church Planting, Tulsa.
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Sunday afternoon we got tickets to the documentary Before They Die.  It told the story of the race riot in Tulsa in 1921.  300 people died and the Greenwood community that was the home to 10,000 African-Americans was destroyed.  It was the most affluent African-American community in the U.S. at that time – it was nick named ‘The Black Wall Street’.  This event has been left out of the history books – partly because the police and the national guard were involved in the destruction, some through aggression, many through passivity.

The mayor of Tulsa was present and issued an apology on behalf of the city to the victims and their descendants.  She issued a call toward unity and working together.

Tulsa seems to be more segregated than any city in which I’ve lived (KC,STL,DFW).  Brad and I walked away from the viewing with a desire to be used by God to reach into North Tulsa (a predominantly African-American community) and bring the hope of Jesus and a better quality of life.  As of now, we don’t know what this means or what it might look like – we need a lot more input from people in the area as to what the specific needs are.  But we are committed to starting a community of believers that value social justice and actively pursue it.

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