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Beyond the Dream: OCU Hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Oklahoma City University will host a prominent civil rights attorney as the guest speaker for its Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The program is free to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on N.W. 23rd Street between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues.

Damario Solomon-Simmons will give a presentation titled “Beyond the Dream: Truly Understanding the Mission of Dr. King.”

Solomon-Simmons founded the SolomonSimmonsSharrock & Associates law firm in Tulsa. Among his many high-profile cases are the Black Creek Freedmen tribal citizenship rights case. He worked with Johnnie Cochran on obtaining reparations for survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riots, which earned Solomon-Simmons an invitation to testify before the Congressional Black Caucus. He was previously a professor for the University of Oklahoma’s African & African-American Studies Program. He still regularly researches and writes about issues that highlight the intersection of race, society and justice.

Solomon-Simmons currently serves as general counsel for several professional athletes and is an active member of many organizations including the Sports Lawyers Association. Solomon-Simmons has received national acclaim for his “Bridge Builders: African-American Student Athlete Network” and a training program he started called “The Game Plan,” which is designed to help athletes transition from high school to college sports and prepare them for professional sports leagues. He and his wife co-founded MVP Weekend to help raise money for Tulsa inner-city youth programs.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day program will also include music and poetic performances by OCU students.

For more information about the program, contact Clinton Normore, director of Multicultural Student Affairs, at cnormore@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5750.