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Black History Proclamation

P-0809-11

A PROCLAMATION OF THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, 2009, AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN THE CITY OF NORMAN.

§ 1. WHEREAS, African American history is a very large part of American history and should be studied throughout the year and since 1976, February has been designated as a month in which especially memorable events should be recognized and celebrated; and

§ 2. WHEREAS, Norman, primarily due to being home to the University of Oklahoma can count among its past and present citizens many African American leaders, educators, and social justice pioneers with state, national and international historical prominence, including George Henderson; Barbara Henderson; Melvin Tolson Jr.; Pamela McCauley-Bell; Ambassador Edward Perkins; Prentice Gautt; Anita Hill; J.C. Watts; George W. McLaurin; Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher; Melvin Hall; Thomas Carey; Carol Brice, David Lewis, and others; and

§ 3. WHEREAS, the City of Norman continues to work toward becoming an inclusive community in which all citizens, past, present, and future, are respected and recognized for their contributions and potential contributions to our community, the state, the country, and the world.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NORMAN, OKLAHOMA:

§ 4. Do hereby proclaim the month of February, 2009, as Black History Month in the City of Norman and urge all Americans to celebrate the election of our country’s first African American President and commit to working toward the ideals of equality, freedom, and opportunity that our country represents.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 27th day of January, 2009.