Midtown church to host forum to discuss race, topics surrounding fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher

Posted at 8:28 AM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 09:28:12-04

TULSA – A local church is hosting an event designed to open discussion about racism following the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby.

All Souls church on 2952 S. Peoria Avenue is opening the discussion on October 6 at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by Reverend Dr. Marlin Lavanhar. There will be a panel that will include African American and Caucasian leaders in the Tulsa community who are said to be working on breaking down systemic racism.

"The forum is to educate people about racism, inspire people to take action, and encourage them to engage in the second civil rights movement that is taking place, right now, in our city, and in our nation," said Rev. Barbara Prose, All Souls executive director of ministry.

Marq Lewis, with We the People Oklahoma, says the forum is important because “it's imperative white people understand they are a big part of the conversation …”

"There are areas of privilege and advancement that many white people still have," Lewis said. "White people play a pivotal role in balancing the playing field and to achieve true equality for all."

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