Faith Friday: Reflecting on the Tulsa race massacre

Reverend Dr. Robert R.A. Turner of the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church in Oklahoma calls for reparations for the massacre and shares a message of hope and faith.
4:23 | 06/18/21

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More on Welcome back. It is faith Friday here at ABC and we are very excited to bring back our next guest, who joined us last October when archeologists made a break through announcing a mass grave of the victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Marking the worst episode of racial violence in U.S. History, talking about this massacre, and the families of victims, not knowing if or where their loved one was buried. Let's bring in Dr. Robert turner of historic ame church in Tulsa back here again, good to have you with us, and want to point out, you are on that Tulsa mass grave oversight committee, do you have an update, and in particular, there has been an official count of how many people were actually killed but many folks thought that number was actually much, much higher. What can you update us about? First of all, good afternoon, and thanks so much for having me, T.J. And Amy. I do sit on the Tulsa mass grave oversight committee. And we have recently, as of starting last week, started taking bodies out of the ground, and I was so blessed to be able to take, to help carry the first body out of the ground, to take it to the examination site, and we have several more in that plot. We have now over 20-plus bodies that have been identified, and some have even been consistent with the remains of a baby, or children, and so it just really aches your heart, and pulls at your soul to see the remnants and the actual skeletal remains of those individuals. So we shift and end on an upbeat and hopeful note as we often do Ith faith Friday gifts, so you go ahead and take the floor and give us a word going into weekend. Opal has inspired me, the fact that now juneteenth is a holiday, and the fact that she has been doing this for several years, marching, running, walking, for 2.5 miles, and the story, and I know we're still not done, you know, we need more than just a holiday, we need things such as voting rights bills passed, we need voter suppression efforts stopped and we definitely need congress to pass hr-40, but her story and this past few weeks of experiences has taught me what galations 6:9 says to grow not weary in while doing, for in due season you will reap. And what I encourage people to do, such as Ms. Opal Lee, who has encouraged me, to keep fighting, to keep trusting, to keep pushing, and to not grow weary. People are going to throw darts at you. People are going to scandalize your name. People are going to come out against you. People are going to say you're crazy or laugh at you. But keep pushing and grow not weary in that for in due season you will reap a harvest and that is in any line of work, that is in any walk of life, wherever you find yourself in family, in vocation, or even in your health, to just not grow weary, and keep doing the good that you're doing, and watch god do the rest, because he's already doing the most, so thank you for that, and I also must ask my good friend Amy a question, I forgot, I'm getting old, I have a birthday next month, I'm approaching 40, I'm not quite 40 yet, but my memory's fading me a little bit and I just, I need to remember, who won the national championship this past year? I knew that was coming. You know what, I like you, and then you're making it hard. You're just making it hard. Didn't we say end on an upbeat note? Upbeat note. Yes. I love you, too. I like your spunk, though. I appreciate that. And go dogs. Oh, my. I asked a question I know the answer to. It doesn't need to be spoken aloud, does it, T.J.? It would be very painful for me to say. She always wraps this segment by saying, this is our favorite segment of the week, she is not going to say that right now. Not going to say it. So reverend, bye. We appreciate you as always, reverend, good to see you, my

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