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“Oklahoma Ovation” Examines Langston Impact

Dr. Darnell Williams keynotes Statehood Day talk

October 24, 2011
Story by Brian Smith, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -“Oklahoma Ovation,”  an annual Statehood Day event hosted by the OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies, will feature Dr. Darnell Williams, retired Langston University professor.

The event begins 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library. Williams will focus on the impact both the city of Langston and Langston University have had on African-American education in Oklahoma and the nation. A question and answer session follows.

“Many people don’t understand how critical the town and the university were to Oklahoma’s development,” said Mary Larson, head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program. “We look forward to Dr. Williams’ discussion of the important role they played in the state’s growth.”

Williams has been involved in multi-cultural education, including bilingual education and English as a second language, for more than 43 years. In 1988, he accepted employment at Langston University and served as Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

“Oklahoma Ovation” celebrates Oklahoma’s Statehood Day by highlighting research by Oklahomans and about the state. Statehood Day is officially recognized on Nov. 16 each year.

The OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies is sponsoring this event. The center is part of a University initiative to encourage interdisciplinary work. The Library’s Oklahoma Oral History Research Program partnered with the English and history departments to create the Center for Oklahoma Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Larson at 405-744-6588 or at mary.larson@okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 35,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall11/statehood.htm
Last Updated: 24 October 2011

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