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January 28, 2014

Annual celebration draws close

CHICKASHA —

A piece of Chickasha and Lincoln School history is to be reenacted during the Loretta Y. Jackson African American Historical Society Storytelling and Soul Food Evening at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the University of Science and Art Ballroom. 

An crucial progression for the African American community in Chickasha, Lincoln School was dedicated in 1937. 

The evening's events will retell the story of this special day in a program titled "1937 New Lincoln School Building Dedication Program." This is a reenactment of the 1937 program that was presented to celebrate the completion of construction of the new Lincoln School for African American children in grades first through twelve, according to the Loretta Y. Jackson African American Historical Society. 

Attendees will be able to hear the stories of some of these students during a video presentations of past Lincoln School students. There will be a special segment from Maurice "Bolo" Bassett, a 1950 graduate of Lincoln High School. Bassett became the first African American to play for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. 

 

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, who was the first African American to be enrolled in the University of Oklahoma's Law School and Loretta Y. Jackson, the first woman to serve on the Oklahoma State Banking Board were both Lincoln School students. 

 

The keynote speaker for the storytelling event will be Langston University President Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr. The Langston University Choir will be performing, directed by Bonita Franklin. 

 

Now a February tradition, the event celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans in Grady County.

 

Persons of note that the storytelling event has honored include Allen Toles, a black farmer who built the Verden Separate School in 1910. Dudley Henry Dickerson Jr., a Hollywood actor born in Chickasha and who starred in over 160 films including The Three Stooges, was featured during the third annual celebration. 

 

Ticket donations are $15 which includes a soul food meal. For ticket or more information, contact Loretta Y. Jackson at 405.224.5297.

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