Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Henry Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Atkins

Governor Henry has ordered that flags fly at half-staff on Thursday and Friday to honor the life of Hannah Atkins, the distinguished state official and civil rights advocate who died last week at the age of 86.

“Hannah Atkins was a dear friend and a great Oklahoman, and it is only appropriate that we honor her life and accomplishments in this manner,” said Gov. Henry. “We will miss Hannah, but we will never forget her or her dedicated public service that helped bring positive change to Oklahoma.”

Atkins will lie in state in the second floor State Capitol Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City.

Atkins was the first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. During a lengthy and distinguished career in public service, she held a number of other top state positions, including Secretary of State, Secretary of Human Resources and Secretary of Social Services.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Atkins as a delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations and she served as commissioner to the U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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