Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Black Caucus To Honor Fallin, LaGrange, Hovell

The members of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus will honor three women who have made history in Oklahoma during the 19th Biennial A. C. Hamlin Awards Banquet on April 25.

“Each of these women has been a trailblazer in Oklahoma, and the A. C. Hamlin Awards Banquet is our opportunity to thank them for their service,” said Rep. Jabar Shumate, a Tulsa Democrat who chairs the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus.

“It is important that the children of Oklahoma have leaders they can look up to, and these women have sent a message to the next generation that gender and race are not obstacles to success.”

The three women honored include Governor Mary Fallin, the first female governor in the State of Oklahoma; The Honorable Vicki Miles LaGrange, the first African American woman to chair a United States Judicial District in Oklahoma and the first African American woman to be elected to the Oklahoma Senate; and Yvonne Hovell, owner and general manager of Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Tulsa, who was the first female in the State of Oklahoma to own a dealership.

The event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a 7 p.m. dinner on Monday, April 25 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 Northeast 63rd Street in Oklahoma City.

Those wishing to attend should contact Shumate’s office at (405) 557-7406 or jabarshumate@okhouse.gov for further information.

Tickets, priced $50 apiece, must be purchased by Monday, April 18.

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