Rise Up & Give | SMPS Blood Drive!
Tulsa Blood Drive: Thursday, April 8th | 1 - 5 Guthrie Green | E Reconciliation Way Look for the Bloodmobile
OKC Blood Drive: Thursday, April 8th | 1 - 6 Look for the Blood Moblie behind Zoe's in the Triangle at Classen Curve.
For more information about this drive, contact Kristi at [email protected] or 405-519-6337
A Special THANK YOU goes out to CMSWillowbrook for sponsoring!
For all the OKC folks CMSWillowbrook will be outside the mobile giving out goodies!
CALL FOR ACTION
I hurried to the ladies' room in hopes of salvaging a professional appearance, as tears streamed down my cheeks after hearing a presentation about "The Renewed Flourishing of Oklahoma City's Northeast Side: The Heart of the African American Community" at the AIA Central Oklahoma Luncheon on November 14th, 2019. A month later, I attended the ULI Oklahoma NE OKC Food Security Symposium where top researchers and experts from across the United States shared information about food insecurity, specifically within the context of black communities. The 2020 Annual Developers' Luncheon presented by Downtown OKC Partnership held on January 14th featured Albus Brooks, who is a national leader on urban issues. I was deeply moved by Mr. Brooks' story and accomplishments that were often propelled by the desire to "connect diverse communities". Do you see a theme emerging?
For as long as I can remember, I've had a heart for those who have suffered as a result of racism. I had read books and articles, watched movies and documentaries, and talked with my children and brother all out of a need to understand racism. But beginning in November of 2019 at the AIA Central Oklahoma Luncheon, that need to understand grew into a need to act. But how? Unbeknownst to me around the same time, SMPS was also feeling the need to act. In February 2020, the SMPS board approved the creation of a task force to "suggest initiatives and strategic objectives to increase awareness of and support for diversity, equity, and inclusion for our membership, the marketing profession and our members' firms." On May 25th of 2020, a cellphone video went viral, showing the horrific death of George Floyd due to an officer pinning Mr. Floyd to the ground with his knee on Floyd's neck while a handcuffed Floyd repeats "I can't breathe." Suddenly, everyone in the world had joined the conversation about the problem of racism in the United States of America.
Before scurrying to the ladies' room after the November 2019 AIA COC Luncheon, I approached one of the presenters and said with tears in my eyes, "I don't know what I can do. I don't know what I have to offer. But I no longer want to be a part of the problem; I want to be a part of the solution."
Will you join me and SMPS OK as we seek ways that we can be a part of the solution to increase awareness and support for diversity, equity and inclusion in our community? Please feel free to contact me by phone (405.641.5934) or email ([email protected] ) if you'd like to join the conversation.
2020/21 SMPS Oklahoma Community Outreach Coordinator
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