Twenty years after the bombing of the A.P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, the community will remember the victims of that day day and their families, and honor the community response.
Two influential news organizations have planned a major project to coincide with the date. OETA and The Oklahoman newspaper have launched a statewide community engagement initiative to commemorate the events on that date, and what followed.
“The Resilience Project” includes a new documentary that explores the collective memories of those impacted by the event, a digital story collection effort and community screening events across the state.
Produced by The Oklahoman and OETA, the documentary premieres Sunday April 19 at 6 p.m. on OETA. The production is a first person account from present day OKC bombing survivors, witnesses, first responders, community leaders and family members.
The effort will include screenings and panel discussions across the state, customized classroom materials, and a comprehensive project web site (oeta.tv/resilience and oklahoman.com/resilience) where users can explore digital archives, view extended documentary interviews and share stories, images and videos on the interactive story wall.
For more information on The Resilience Project, visit oeta.tv.
Several community events have already taken place.
Upcoming programs include screenings of the documentary and panel discussions with survivors, first responders, community leaders and filmmakers. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is recommended but not required.
Upcoming locations include:
· OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University (Meinders’ School of Business), Monday April 13 at 6:30 p.m.
· TULSA – Circle Cinema, Tuesday April 14 at 6:30 p.m
· LAWTON – Cameron University (inside the CETES Conference Center), Wednesday April 15 at 6 p.m.
· MCALESTER – Eastern State Oklahoma College (Clark Bass Building), Thursday April 16 at 6 p.m.
Also on April 19, churches across the city area will hold special services to remember those who died, their families, and the community-wide response of compassion.
First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, 1201 N. Robinson, will present the musical “Shelter” at 10:30 a.m., featuring the sanctuary choir, soloists, congregation singing and Sacred Scripture.
First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, 3700 N. Walker, be welcome back Pastor Emeritus Don Alexander for a special worship service at 10:30 a.m.
For addition coverage of the April 19 events, see our stories in this print edition of The City Sentinel newspaper, and visit us online.