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.
Large posters will be on hand to show people how to find their legislators if they wish to distribute roses.
Rose Day is free indoors event. The rally will be in the House of Representatives chambers, with overflow seating in the Senate chambers.
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.
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.
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.