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OKC ZOO and Metropolitan Library System continues “Read for Adventure” literacy program

The “Read for Adventure” program is based on the book “Our Day at the Zoo” written by Kristin Williamson and illustrated by Rick George, both Metro Library staff members. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma library program “Read for Adventure,” sponsored by the OKC Zoo and the OKC Metropolitan Library System, returns for 2019-2020, providing free admission to OKC Zoo. The free “Read for Adventure” combines literacy, exploration and fun to create an entertaining and educational weekend […]

COMMENTARY: Cole’s conquest looms, amid concerns for the future of Indian Country

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Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City – In the nation’s capital, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, is close to achieving his greatest triumph. If he pulls it off, it will be great for the tribe to which he belongs (the Chickasaw Nation), in particular, and beneficial to other large tribes, in general. For decades, those […]

18th annual Fairy Ball inspires imagination and dancing on June 22

The 18th annual Fairy Ball will be held on Saturday, June 22 at the Crown Jewel Amphitheater in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paige Powell.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 18th annual Fairy Ball will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 7 – 9 p.m., sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Paseo Arts Association and Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan. The free children’s costume and dance event will take place in the Crown Jewel Amphitheater […]

A Tribute Song: A Modern Warrior, Charles Surveyor sought Peace, Justice and Prosperity

President Bill Clinton, left, and Charles Surveyor, were participants in a White House meeting where, Surveyor said, the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma thought they had gained a pledge tribal lands at Fort Reno would be restored to their control.
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  Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher So long as I retain consciousness, I will remember the names, and the stories, of Charles Surveyor and Archie Hoffman – Cheyenne & Arapaho leaders who deserve the respect of all Oklahomans, and all Americans who thirst for justice.Before their encounters with the white man, the Two Tribes – Cheyenne […]

YWCA OKC celebrates 30 years of providing safety for women at Purple Sash Gala

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  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – YWCA Oklahoma City (YWCA OKC) will host its 16th annual Purple Sash Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at The Criterion, 500 E. Sheridan. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Program begins at 7 p.m. Providing services in the community for over […]

A humanitarian giant, Jim Rowan leaves a long shadow on social and criminal justice

Jim Rowan tried 40 death penalty cases in his 35 years of service as a public defender in Oklahoma County and for the Capital Trial Division of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System in Norman.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City resident James Thomas Rowan (May 25, 1944 – May 6, 2019) was a champion of social and criminal justice dedicated to public service.  He worked his entire life to help the persecuted and underprivileged. His obituary stated: Jim was a dedicated husband, proud father, zealous advocate, and […]

OK-CADP fundraiser to feature Innocence Project’s Vanessa Potkin and honor death penalty foe Jim Rowan on June 8

Vanessa Potkin, Director of Postconviction Litigation for the Innocence Project and Executive Producer of the ABC documentary “The Last Defense,” will be keynote speaker at the OK-CADP Annual Dinner on June 8. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 28th Annual Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) Awards Dinner & Meeting will be held Saturday, June 8 at the Capitol View Event Center, 5201 N. Lincoln Boulevard, in Oklahoma City. A cocktail reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner […]

2019 Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Four honorees were recently inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame at the 2019 conference’s annual Awards Luncheon in Chickasha. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Charles Tate, chair of the 2019 Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference Committee, recently announced the four individuals that were inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame at the conference’s annual Awards Luncheon in Chickasha last month. Honorees include Dr. Dianna Everett, Emmy Scott Stidham, […]

Diversity Center of Oklahoma to host 5th Annual Gender Diverse & LGBTQ Symposium

Diversity Center of Oklahoma will host its 5th Annual Gender Diverse LGBTQ Symposium on May 17 and 18 featuring speakers (L-R) Dr. Courtney Caplin, Dr. Al Carlozzi, and James Cooper.  Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Diversity Center of Oklahoma (DCO) will host its 5th Annual Gender & 2S-LGBTQ Symposium addressing best practices for “Total Wellness for Diverse Communities.”  The event will be held Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, at the OU Heath Science Center (OUHSC) College of […]

At May 15 luncheon, Patrick Rooney will be honored for TEEM work

Patrick J. Rooney, chairman of The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM), will be honored for twenty years of service to the group dedicated to giving “a second chance at success” to individuals re-entering society after incarceration. Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher   Patrick Rooney, longtime chairman of The Education and Education Ministry (TEEM) in Oklahoma City, will be honored for more than two decades of service at the 2019 community luncheon benefiting the group. Rooney, a Roman Catholic, worked with Kris Steele, a Methodist minister to methodically evolve the TEEM mission over […]

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