Education, media, music and culture are all part of events being hosted at OSU-Tulsa as part of the city’s annual Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth commemorates the news of slavery being abolished reaching Texas on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in most of the country.
The National Association of Black Journalists will kick off events at OSU-Tulsa with a forum on education tonight at 5:30 p.m. in North Hall 150. The forum panel includes former Tulsa Police Chief Drew Diamond, Tulsa Public Schools board member Dr. Lana Turner Addison, Booker T. Washington High School teacher Dr. Anthony Marshall and Youth Services of Tulsa Director of North Tulsa Programs Eddie Evans.
Following the forum in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium, jazz artist Frank Bates will perform at 7:30 p.m. Pamela Hower, daughter of former KTUL News Anchor Bob Hower, will be honored with the Juneteenth Legacy Award for Good Samaritans. The event also includes a hair show by the Technical Institute of Cosmetology.
Area Juneteenth events will close Greenwood Avenue between Archer Street and the Interstate 244 underpass from 5 p.m. to midnight tomorrow and Saturday. OSU-Tulsa's Larry Cochran will be performing at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Downtown tomorrow night at 7 p.m. as part of the celebration. Saturday’s events include a family picnic and Gospel and Jazz Festival at OSU-Tulsa at 7 p.m.