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5 Things You Should Know About Rose Day

The 2018 Rose Day Rally will be Wednesday, Feb. 7, at  the State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln. Rose distribution will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the rally will be at 11:30 a.m. in the House Chambers. Here are five things you should know about Rose Day ...

Rose Day organizers have said the sanctity-of-life outreach began in the early 1990's as a way for people to share their concerns about abortion and other sanctity-of-life issues. The Rev. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, has said Rose Day was initially started by members of the Catholic faith community and he and other Southern Baptists in the state eventually joined in the effort. Along with Catholics and Southern Baptists, many other people representing a wide variety of Christian denominations have participated in the outreach over the years. 

Rose Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol is Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Rose Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol is Wednesday, Feb. 7.


Large posters will be on hand to show people how to find their legislators if they wish to distribute roses.  

In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, a group of sanctity-of-life advocates from Seminole visit Sen. Jason Smalley after delivering flowers to his office during Rose Day activities at the state Capitol. [ Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]
In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, a group of sanctity-of-life advocates from Seminole visit Sen. Jason Smalley after delivering flowers to his office during Rose Day activities at the state Capitol. [ Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

Rose Day is free indoors event. The rally will be in the House of Representatives chambers, with overflow seating in the Senate chambers.

 


People gather for the 2001 Rose Day rally at the state Capitol. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]
People gather for the 2001 Rose Day rally at the state Capitol. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

Red roses symbolize the sanctity of the unborn, and by distributing the flowers to their legislators, Rose Day participants show their elected officials that anti-abortion legislation and legislation that promotes other sanctity-of-life issues is important to them.

In this 2007 photo, Aubri Baker with the Baptist General Conventio of Oklahoma counts roses during Rose Day activities at the Oklahoma State Capitol. [Oklahoman Archives]
In this 2007 photo, Aubri Baker with the Baptist General Conventio of Oklahoma counts roses during Rose Day activities at the Oklahoma State Capitol. [Oklahoman Archives]

Alveda C. King, the keynote speaker for the 2018 Rose Day Rally, also spoke at the 2010 Rose Day Rally.

The author and anti-abortion activist is niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. She serves as a pastoral associate and director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God's forgiveness and healing.

Alveda C. King, author, anti-abortion activist and niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., speaks at the 2010 Rose Day Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Alveda King will be keynote speaker at the 2018 rally on Wednesday, Feb. 7. [Oklahoman Archives]
Alveda C. King, author, anti-abortion activist and niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., speaks at the 2010 Rose Day Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Alveda King will be keynote speaker at the 2018 rally on Wednesday, Feb. 7. [Oklahoman Archives]

In the past, other Rose Day Rally speakers have included Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, who served as keynote speaker in 2013, and the Rev. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, who spoke at the Rose Day gathering in 2014.

  


Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, speaks at the 2013 Rose Day Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol. [Oklahoman Archives]
Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, speaks at the 2013 Rose Day Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol. [Oklahoman Archives]
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, serves as keynote speaker at the 2014 Rose Day Rally gathering at the Oklahoma State Capitol. [Oklahoman Archives]
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, serves as keynote speaker at the 2014 Rose Day Rally gathering at the Oklahoma State Capitol. [Oklahoman Archives]

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, a group of sanctity-of-life advocates from Seminole visit Sen. Jason Smalley after delivering flowers to his office during Rose Day activities at the state Capitol. [ Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

In this Feb. 8, 2017 photo, a group of sanctity-of-life advocates from Seminole visit Sen. Jason Smalley after delivering flowers to his office during Rose Day activities at the state Capitol. [ Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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