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OCU Celebrates NAACP Charter

Students at Oklahoma City University will receive charter status for their NAACP chapter with a celebration at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center near Florida Avenue and N.W. 26th Street. Dinner will be served, and the event is free to the public. Reservations are requested by Feb. 20.

Anthony Douglas, Oklahoma’s state NAACP president, will present the charter to OCU during the event. The OCU chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was approved earlier this year.

Bailey Perkins, the chapter’s first president, said students have already been active with volunteer events and activities this year.

NAACP-OCU has worked tirelessly since chartering to embody the spirit of Ms. Clara Luper and the mission statement of NAACP,” Perkins said. “The leadership continues to amaze me with their initiative and ownership of the organization. The current leadership and support from campus and community organizations have allowed us to host the affirmative action forum in the fall, conduct a voter education workshop with state Rep. Anastasia Pittman, register more than 30 people during our voter registration drive last week and serve meals to more than 100 people at the Jesus House. I am honored and proud to have helped develop the chapter that will set a standard of excellence for the future and truly make a difference within our campus and the community.”

The OCU chapter marched in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade downtown last month.

The charter celebration at OCU will include speeches from dignitaries and musical entertainment.

For more information or to reserve a seat, send an e-mail to Harmonniey Cheadle at

OCU chapter officers are Auziah Antwine, vice president; Isaiah Bailey, secretary; Anisha Sowell, assistant secretary; Falyn Embry, treasurer; Sharrone Berry-Davis, public relations director; and Robin Ladd, senator. Clinton Normore is their advisor.