Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign has announced that after months of suspending rallies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump will hold his first campaign rally since the beginning of the pandemic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the city’s BOK Centre.
The rally was previously to be held on Friday, June 19th, or Juneteenth, the annual celebration for the national emancipation of slaves nationwide in America. On June 19th, 1865, slaves in Texas were declared free under the Emancipation Proclamation, the last state in America to do so.
Trump was criticized for the date as well as the location he has chosen to commence his rallies. The Tulsa Race Massacre, also known as the “Black Wall Street Massacre”, occurred over two days in 1921 in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, when masses of white residents targeted black residents and businesses. Estimates state that between 150 to 300 people died as a result of mob violence during the massacre.
However, Trump, who initially claimed that the rally was a celebration, has since tweeted that “out of respect for this Holiday, and in observance of this important occasion and all that it represents” he has “decided to move our rally to Saturday, June 20th” to honor the “requests” of his several “African American supporters” who reached out to him about changing the date.