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OCU Honors Martin Luther King Jr. With Talents
The Multicultural Student Affairs Department in collaboration with the Black Student Association at Oklahoma City University will present a program at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The keynote speaker will be Angela Monson, an OCU alumna and chairwoman of the Oklahoma City Public School Board. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on Northwest 23rd Street near Blackwelder Avenue. Program Coordinator Tinasha Williams said her group decided to take a dramatic approach with a musical theater performance lined up as part of the event. “It is important for us to recognize the significance of what Martin Luther King Jr. did for this country,” Williams said. “We wanted to create a program that would pay proper homage to such a great figure in our nation’s history. As a university well-known for its cultural talents, we’re pleased to have a group of performers who are happy to use their skills for this memorable event.” Williams said a dramatic performance will narrate King’s life journey of significant accomplishments. There will also be performances by the Wings of Harmony ensemble, OCU Rhythms dancers, University Men’s Chorus and several students. The Wings of Harmony portion of the program is directed by Tyrone Stanley, who is an actor, composer, playwright and member of the New York City Opera. The ensemble performs vocal, instrumental, spoken word and dramatic works. Guest speaker Monson is a former state senator who has focused on education issues for many years as a public servant. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from OCU. Monson was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1993 and served until 2005. She was a state representative from 1990 until she won her Senate seat. She is a past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. She became Oklahoma City School Board chairwoman last year and also works for the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center as an associate provost.