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Public Service Announcement

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission is hosting a Celebration of Human Rights in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma History Center, which is located in the Northeast corner of the State Capitol Complex at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. There will be a reception in the Chesapeake Event Center from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a program, which will take place in the Devon Great Hall from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

This event will celebrate the advancement of human rights in the state during the 48-year history of the Human Rights Commission, as this agency prepares for its transition to the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General, which will begin on November 1 and be completed by June 30, 2012. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society and Mr. Bruce Fisher, Administrative Programs Officer of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Both Blackburn and Fisher have a vast reservoir of knowledge about Oklahoma’s rich history and many years of experience as historians studying and preserving significant events in Oklahoma’s history. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Dick Prior, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and Deputy Director and Managing Editor for OETA-The Oklahoma Network. Prior has anchored the Oklahoma News Report since 1990 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in April, 2009. Many former Commissioners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission as well as former Oklahoma Human Rights Award recipients who have contributed to the human rights advances of the state will be in attendance. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Langston University Choir.

For additional information, please call the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission at (405) 521-2360

Dr Bob Blackburn

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