Black Lives Matter OKC Reflects On Progress Following George Floyd Death

Friday, June 12th 2020, 11:08 pm
By: Clayton Cummins


It was the beginning of the month when Black Lives Matter in Oklahoma City announced their list of demands of local leaders.

A lot has happened since. Is the group satisfied with progress so far?

The Oklahoma City Chapter of Black Lives Matter has been around since 2016. Never has the group been busier than they are in this very moment in history.

The group said progress is being made.

“I don't know if we are feeling good, but we are feeling hopeful and we are feeling focused on making sure that our communities, their message and their voices are amplified,” said Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City.

Of the nearly dozen demands, they said several have been met including a meeting with the mayor, a plan to build a grocery store in northeast Oklahoma City and the release of Derrick Ollie Scott Senior's arrest body cam video.

Scott Senior died of a collapsed lung after his arrest last May.

“We're left with a feeling of being very pensive and trying to know how to best support that family, as well as standing in solidarity,” said Dickerson.

Attentions are focused to the week ahead with the Juneteenth visit of President Trump. Black Lives Matter was already part of an event in Tulsa which is commemorating the Greenwood Massacre, before the president’s announcement.

“We're just saying that we are here, we are going to be a community,” said Dickerson. “We are going to honor our ancestors, our community leaders and spend some time to love on each other and to stand up for Greenwood.”

Black Lives Matter said there's more work to do.

“The entire focus of this movement is encapsulated in something that is much more than a sentence,” said Dickerson. “It is a lifestyle and that is that Black Lives Matter.”

Black Lives Matter is holding a protest at Oklahoma City City Hall Saturday.

The protest is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The group will then march to the barricades outside the Oklahoma City Police Department.