Then Sat. Nov. 10, 7 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown Tulsa, come to the gala fund raising dinner for the newly-formed "Friends of Anita Hill Awards" supporting northside nonprofits and honoring community leaders. Professor Hill began helping north side nonprofits years ago when she taught law at Oral Roberts University and is committed to doing so still; she is at Brandeis University currently. She will give the keynote address. Community leaders and nonprofits to be honored at the event include Dr. G. Calvin McCutcheon of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Marvin Blades, Sr. of 100 Black Men of Tulsa, State Sen. Judy Eason-McIntyre, Neighbor For Neighbor, and also yours truly for A Third Place Community Foundation. More info coming but please set aside that date to come and support this new and significant way to support nonprofits supporting the north side. It is truly an honor to be included in this group of awardees of people who have worked here far longer than I have, and for our foundation and its mission which is the new kid on the block. I see it as yet another way to begin bridging leaders and groups and histories across generational and ethnic lines, and in that way it deeply captures the spirit and the promise of the north side.
One of the things we can do here as followers of Jesus is to be persistent advocates for those who suffer the most, those invisible, those overwhelmed, and those most vulnerable; and one way to do that is to keep bringing to the table issues like the abandoned buildings that sit there and seep into the consciousness of despair of those who must live near them, ever fearful that the house abandoned on the other side of them will be the next to be burned and left.