Six to be inducted into Oklahoma African-American Hall of Fame
Six individuals will be inducted into the Oklahoma African-American Hall of Fame during a luncheon and induction ceremony set for noon Oct. 13 at the Jim Thorpe Event Center, 4040 N Lincoln Blvd.
The 11th annual event will be hosted by the Ntu Art Association of Oklahoma. The honorees are native Oklahomans, or an Oklahoma resident of at least 10 years, who have made significant contributions to the local community or the state of Oklahoma.
The 2018 inductees Chalon Edwards Anderson, Ph.D.; the Rev. Oberia D. "Wayne" Dempsey Jr. (posthumous); Carla Hinton; Norma Lynette Noble; Alice LaDell Strong Simmons; and Horace Stevenson.
Anderson's career in education includes 19 years as a psychology professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and another six years as a professor with the radiology program at Rose State College. She is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Oklahoma's Advanced Studies Program and has taught graduate-level courses under that program for 26 years. The program provides graduate-level classes to U.S. personnel in the Armed Forces and she has taught at military facilities around the world. Anderson has been inducted into the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame.
Dempsey dedicated his life to serving God and was an assistant minister at Wildewood Christian Church when he died in 2017. He was well known as a fierce advocate of public education. As a teenager, he led a student protest to the steps of the State Capitol in 1971 to protest discrimination in public schools. He was elected to the Oklahoma City School Board in 1992 and served on the board until the fall of 2002. Dempsey also served as a cultural exchange advocate and as a mentor to teens.
Hinton's journalism career has spanned more than 30 years at The Oklahoman newspaper. As a news reporter, she has covered a range of topics including Oklahoma City Hall, transportation and social services. More than half her career has been spent as The Oklahoman's religion editor, covering a diverse topics related to faith and spirituality and a host of faith traditions and belief systems. She is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.
Noble is known for her lifelong career in music. Over the years, she has served as music director, minister of music, music workshop clinician, music arranger and writer-director of dramatic musicals. She also worked in other leadership roles including deputy director of the Department of Human Services and director of Oklahoma County's Workforce Center. She sings with the Ambassadors' Concert Choir and also directs the Ambassadors' Children Choir. Noble has received the Oklahoma Commission on Women's Kate Bernard Award.
Simmons is associate vice president of Langston University-OKC. She has completed more than 50 years of federal, state and local service, beginning with her first job for the U.S. Dept. of Defense at Fort Sill. Simmons also served as director of human resources for Oklahoma City Public Schools, director of human resources for the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education and executive director of the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program.
Stevenson's success has been in restaurant management and restaurant franchise ownership. He opened his own restaurant at one time and later purchased his first McDonald's franchise in 1987. In total, Stevenson purchased seven McDonald's franchises in Tulsa and Oklahoma City over the years. He has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to high school seniors through the Horace Stevenson Foundation and created the Little Giant Golf Tournament, which was held annually from 1999 to 2015.
Founded in 1979, the Ntu Art Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing cultural and art information, exhibits, and experiences that educate, entertain and enlighten the Oklahoma City community.
Tickets to the induction event are $50 per person. Table sponsorships are available.
For more information or tickets to the luncheon, call 443-4412 or go online to http://ntuartok.org.