Tulsa's annual Juneteenth celebration occurred Friday, June 19, in the Greenwood District.
The event was headlined by Rev. Al Sharpton, who was proceeded by numerous local speakers, including Rev. Robert Turner, Damario Solomon Simmons and Tiffany Crutcher. Sharpton was followed by Greg Robinson, who is running for mayor.
Gospel singer Le'Andria Johnson performed after the speeches. Earlier in the evening local musicians, including Steph Simon and OmaleyB played for hundreds in the field north of the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church.
Many downtown businesses boarded up windows before Saturday's President Donald Trump campaign rally at BOK Center. It created an opportunity for local artists to paint temporary murals. Ahha also transformed its walls to commemorate the holiday.
As part of the day's festivities, Magic City Books staff set up a table on their sidewalk and gave away books written by black authors. The promotion was in partnership with Pen America.