Legend, during a Wednesday phone interview, was asked if he had a message he wanted to deliver to Tulsa that he wasn’t able to deliver in May.
“I’m surely excited to come back to Tulsa,” he said. “It has been quite a while since I have been there. I wanted that commemoration of Black Wall Street and the massacre there to really center the victims and the families and their descendants, and I felt like it was best that I stay out of the way so it would center them and so that as we think about going forward we think about how to center them back. But I’m excited to come back in a way that’s not in the way of the commemoration or the remembrance of the victims and their families and in a way where we can just celebrate music and be together.”
Legend is coming to Tulsa on the heels of a 12th Grammy win (“Bigger Love” was triumphant in the category of best R&B album). During the interview, he talked about things related to “Bigger Love” and he fielded questions about “The Voice,” the NBC reality show where he and Oklahoman Blake Shelton are celebrity coaches alongside Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande.
Early in the interview, Legend was asked if he wanted to elaborate on the social media post referenced at the top of this story. He said this:
“I think when I released the album, it was June of 2020, so we were experiencing the first peak of the pandemic and we were pretty comprehensively locked down in so many places around the country and around the world and there was lot of uncertainty.