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January 26, 2016

Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754

Oklahoma History Center to Host Programs in Celebration of Black History Month

Oklahoma City, Okla. — The Oklahoma History Center will dedicate each Saturday in the month of February to celebrating Black History Month. There will be four events held at the History Center to acknowledge a few of the many accomplishments of African Americans that have lived and worked in Oklahoma. These events are free with museum admission.

  • Saturday, February 6 — The first program will be “Black History Month for Kids” from 1 to 4 p.m. This includes crafts and hands-on history activities for children of all ages.
  • Saturday, February 13 — A documentary film will be shown at 11 a.m. The documentary is about James Herman Banning, the first African American to fly from coast to coast across the U.S.
  • Saturday, February 20 — A presentation will be given at 11 a.m. by a representative from the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
  • Saturday, February 27 — At 11 a.m., Dr. Donnie Nero will speak about the history of African American education in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Association of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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