Six years ago this week, Terence Crutcher was killed during a traffic stop in north Tulsa. Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter for the shooting.
To honor his life, the Terence Crutcher Foundation and other groups are hosting events this week, aimed at sparking conversations and action.
The foundation has also partnered with OSU Tulsa, the Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition, and the Equal Justice Initiative for a marker in Greenwood.
The readings on the marker aren’t about what happened in 1921, but rather the founders of Greenwood.
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Terence’s twin sister and founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation, said this marker is a way to help tell his story and preserve Greenwood’s history.
“We believe that this marker will do just that, and it’s cemented on this sacred land on this campus,” said Dr. Crutcher.
There are events scheduled all week in Terence’s name and honor, including a day of service this Saturday. “We’re going to put on a water drive for our neighbors in Mississippi. We will be highlighting a lot of smaller local organizations awarding them with micro grants,” said Dr. Crutcher.
Here’s a list of this week’s scheduled events:
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Local Day of Action
4:30 PM CST
Location: Tulsa City Hall
6 years, no justice!
Stay tuned for more details!
Thursday, Sept. 15
Fireside Chat on “The Power of Community”
6 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Featuring the Executive Director of the Terence Crutcher Foundation, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, and the Executive Director of Still She Rises, Aisha McWeay
Located at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 3427 N. Birmingham Ave., Tulsa, OK 74110
Friday, Sept. 16
Moment of Silence and virtual lunch conversation- day of the six year anniversary
12 PM CST
Featuring the families of George Floyd and Terence Crutcher, and National Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, Justice for Greenwood Founder and Executive Director, Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons
Saturday, Sept. 17
Day of Service
11 AM - 2 PM CST
Family friendly activities, free food trucks, DJ, resource fair, voter registration, and a water drive for our neighbors in Jackson, Mississippi
36th St. North Event Center, 1125 E. 36th St. N., Tulsa, OK, 74106