|Updated: 5/28/2012 12:47 am
||Published: 5/27/2012 10:44 pm
Traditionally Memorial Day weekend is set aside to honor, the heroes we've in lost in war-- battles fought to keep this country safe. Some of those battles were fought here, at home. Some of the casualties were life, liberty and justice. Sunday, people marched to honor Otis Clark a man who witnessed one of the country's most violent battles.
Sunday, dozens marched down the same street that burned some 90 years ago. All of them demanded payment for a debt they say destroyed Tulsa's Black Wall Street.
With downtown as the backdrop, many people said the city has done very little to heal a wound that-- even today-- still pains people.
"I wonder how so many leaders can go to church on Sunday morning and feel good,” said Marsha Campbell. “The city is oppressed."
Campbell grew up on Greenwood, and because of her father, she grew up on the horror stories that explained what happened in her old neighborhood.
"I’m here because Tulsa needs to never forget what happened," said Campbell.
For the last 14 years, people have gathered on Greenwood to commemorate those who suffered the 1921 race riots.
"Today we are here, because we want to establish the idea of hope," said Egunwale Amusan.
Wes Young witnessed everything.
"It shouldn't have happened, but it did and we have to live with it," said Young.
Part of Tulsa’s past, still alive and never forgotten.
The 91st anniversary of Tulsa’s race riots is Thursday. At that time there will also be memorial services for Mr. Clark, he passed last weekend. Clark was Tulsa’s oldest survivor of the riots. Everything will take place at 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Christian Center. That's at 1519 West Pine.