|Updated: 1/20 2:29 pm
||Published: 1/20 9:39 am
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is the highlight of Monday’s celebrations, but other events held in the leader's honor focus on enriching the community.
FOX23 sat in on a district forum held in a north Tulsa library. Community members and leaders gathered together to discuss, economic and health issues in the black community.
Statistically, African-Americans fall behind from their white counterparts on two of the issues. The average life expectancy for someone living in north Tulsa is 14 years less than someone in south Tulsa. Sitting on the front row of the discussion was Jonathan Townsend.
“We have had great challenges trying to regain that status socially within our city, that's very true,” said Townsend. “That's why we're trying to be as proactive as we can to make sure we're putting ourselves in a position where we can be successful.”
Carmen Pettie, who is on the board of directors, says Dr. King was about social activism accompanied with spiritual growth.