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Tulsa woman remembers Martin Luther King's visit 60 years ago

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 21:29:19-04

TULSA, Okla. — Corean Barnett was in her twenties on July 28, 1960.

After a long day of working, she rushed home to change clothes and get her daughters ready to go to church. She made the half mile walk to First Baptist Church on Greenwood Ave to find the church already full of people.

It wasn't a typical Sunday service. It was a Thursday.

Barnett brought her daughters to the church that evening so she and her daughter's could witness history. Dr. Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader of the 60s visited the church to speak.

Now, 60 years later, Barnett points to the spot in the balcony where she sat to listen to Dr. King.

"It was fascinating. I don't really know how to explain it," Barnett said.

Barnett said she was more interested in seeing his face, than hearing his speech. Barnett said she heard his voice all the time on the radio, but since her family did not have a television, she didn't know what Dr. King looked like.

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