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Celebrating Juneteenth

On June 19 in 1865, soldiers arrive in Galveston, Texas, announcing the end to the Civil War and the end of slavery in the United States. It was more than two years after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Celebrated every year on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of African American citizens throughout the entire United States. It was only last year that this became a federal holiday.

Shannon’s Juneteenth Story

On Sunday, June 19, 2022, Shannon read us the story of Juneteenth for Mazie, by Floyd Cooper. Watch it here.


Continue to celebrate Juneteenth & Black Excellence by diving into books by Black authors, checking out Black-owned and operated media, supporting Black-owned businesses and enjoying some of the best food Tulsa has to offer!

The Victory of Greenwood, published by All Souls’ Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press, written by Carlos Moreno.

Read Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler this summer to get ready for Rev. Gerald Davis’s book discussion group, All Souls Reads. The series kicks off again in September, meeting on Sundays at 1:30 pm.

Carlton Pearson preached on Juneteenth at All Souls and referred to his book, the Gospel of Inclusion. Learn more about him and his journey.

Check out the Staff Picks list from Fulton Street Books, swing by for some literature and a latte too!

Get the story and follow the news from Black Wall Street Times.

Immerse yourself in the history of Black Wall Street. The Greenwood Cultural Center and Reconciliation Park is a great place to start.

Check out some Black-owned businesses from this list by RootTulsa.

Here’s a 2022 short list of restaurants from Black Wall Street Times: Five Black-Owned Restaurants in Tulsa to Enjoy during Juneteenth

At All Souls, we want to set the table for engaging dialog. BeyondBelief.online lifts up our free faith through the words of many, shining light on our service to others and the continuous work toward justice.

Contributors include our ministers, Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Bishop Carlton Pearson, Rev. Barbara Prose, and Rev. Gerald Davis, along with members of our congregation, staff, Tulsa leaders, and our friends from afar.

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