Inside the Multiagency Effort to Pull Off a Tulsa Juneteenth Rally in Just 4 Days

Jasmine Teer worked with agency and community partners, bringing speakers like Kamala Harris and Alfre Woodard on board

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When President Donald Trump announced he would hold a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, Black Americans and advocates nationwide were aghast. The time and location chosen seemed impossibly bold. A rally on the slavery emancipation holiday Juneteenth? At the site of one of U.S. history’s ugliest racist massacres that left 300 Black Tulsans dead?

Trump has since moved the rally to the following day, insisting it was all a coincidence. But Black Tulsans were angered—and skeptical, given Trump’s history of referring to white supremacists as “very fine people” and to African and Caribbean nations as “shithole countries.”


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