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Spring Edition, Volume 3, Issue 1: Models of Excellence in Education

Spring Edition, Volume 3, Issue 1: Models of Excellence in Education

Look no further than Frederick A. Douglass High School back in the day and present day Wilson Elementary School (now known as Wilson Arts Integration School) to see two outstanding models of education among public schools.

Spring Edition, Volume 3, Issue 1: Yesterday: Emma Freeman's Story

Spring Edition, Volume 3, Issue 1: Yesterday: Emma Freeman's Story

In 1947, Emma Lou Freeman sued the Oklahoma City School Board because her salary was less than that of her white counterparts. Her lawsuit requeste...

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: City Council Members

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: City Council Members

Learn more about past and present Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Muskogee Councilmen and Councilwomen in the latest issue of Shades Magazine.

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: YWCA: Stand Against Racism

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: YWCA: Stand Against Racism

The Oklahoma City YWCA Stand Against Racism (SAR) campaign, StandOKC Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of a larger national strategy to fulfill the mission of eliminating racism. The theme of SAR this year is Women of Color Leading Change. The purpose of this event is to Connect, Recognize and Honor this year’s Social Justice Activators.

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: Why Black Women Are Going Bald

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: Why Black Women Are Going Bald

To pretend that there is not a hair loss issue in Black (African American) women is like pretending there is no Global Warming contributing to the climatic changes the world is increasingly experiencing.

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: A Woman of Purpose

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: A Woman of Purpose

Willa Johnson really wanted to be a jazz singer when she was growing up. City and county politics was the last thing on her mind. She actually started singing at different events and did quite well, mostly big band jazz music. She loved it, but she said she didn’t make much money at it. The problem was, she was working...

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: Someone You Should Know

Winter Edition, Volume 2, Issue 4: Someone You Should Know

Rev. James Willis is a native of Oklahoma City. Music is not foreign to him. He was born with a melodic intrinsic component. His musical heritage is grounded in the rich traditional roots of the church. Willis has been singing since he was six years old. His teacher and choir director at Bethel COGIC...

Fall Edition, Volume 2, Issue 3: Another Instance of Injustice

Fall Edition, Volume 2, Issue 3: Another Instance of Injustice

The jury in Tulsa found Betty Shelby not guilty and in doing so told the world that African-Americans and other people of color have no rights that a police officer need to respect.

Fall Edition, Volume 2, Issue 3: OKC Sit-In Movement Changes the Nation

Fall Edition, Volume 2, Issue 3: OKC Sit-In Movement Changes the Nation

August 19, 1958 is one of the most important dates for African Americans throughout the entire United States of America. It was the day that the NAACP Youth Council in Oklahoma City and their NAACP Advisor, Mrs. Clara Luper, made the decision to walk into Katz Drug Store in downtown Oklahoma City...

Fall Edition, Volume 2, Issue 3: The Oklahoma African American Educator’s

Fall Edition, Volume 2, Issue 3: The Oklahoma African American Educator’s

The Oklahoma Association of Negro Teachers (OANT), established December 1907, provided professional development, training, coordination and structure for African American educators during a time when segregation was the law of the land.

Fall Edition, Volume 2, Issue 3: Buffalo Soldiers

Fall Edition, Volume 2, Issue 3: Buffalo Soldiers

The contributions of the Black military units that served in Indian Territory during the post-Civil War period are often overlooked when Oklahoma’s past is reconstructed. For the protection of the American frontier, several camps and forts were established in the territory.
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