Bruce T. Fisher to speak at Northwestern

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Bruce T. Fisher to speak at Northwestern

February 8, 2010

Bruce T. Fisher
“How We Missed the Boat: Interpreting the African American Experience,” will be presented by Bruce T. Fisher on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:40 p.m., at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, in the Education Center room 102.  
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Heritage Celebration Series presents Bruce. T. Fisher to speak on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:40 p.m., in the Education Center room 102. Fisher’s presentation, “How We Missed the Boat: Interpreting the African American Experience,” will be delivered through ITV to Northwestern’s branch locations in Enid room 202, and the Woodward Boardroom.

Fisher’s presentation is free and open to the public.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students and community members to hear an exceptional, nationally-known speaker,” said Brad Franz, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

His presentation will highlight a number of interesting African Americans historical events. The lecture will feature rare video footage of historically black towns in Oklahoma circa 1928.

“Bruce Fisher has a unique perspective and expertise about his topics,” said Dr. Cheryl Evans, Northwestern-Enid dean.

“He always provides such an intriguing viewpoint and fascinating information that people in our community keep requesting him to return year after year.”

Fisher was born in Chickasha and grew up in Oklahoma City. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Langston University and a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to study at the University of Ghana and the University of Nigeria in West Africa. He completed his master’s in history from Texas Southern University in Houston.

He has worked as an oral history researcher on a research project at Rice University and served as the director of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute in Houston. He was the director of the JFK Project Area Committee in Oklahoma City, and worked as a personnel consultant and training specialist for Norwest Bank Systems in Minneapolis. In 1987, he served as assistant secretary of State of Oklahoma under the administration of the Honorable Hannah Atkins. He also was the director in institutional advancement at Langston University and researcher and writer of the book “A Matter of Black and White: The Autobiography of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher.”

Presently, Fisher is an administrative program officer at the Oklahoma Historical Society and curator for the development of the new African American exhibit in the Oklahoma History Center.

He is affiliated with a number of community-based organizations and is a board member of the Loretta Jackson Historical Society, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Buffalo Soldier Heritage Corridor Advisory Committee.

“Northwestern is pleased to have Bruce Fisher as our featured speaker for Black History Month,” said Dr. Deena Fisher, Northwestern-Woodward dean.

“His multimedia presentations the past few years have been well received by faculty, staff and our students. I encourage all who have an interest in learning more about the rich heritage of our country to come and listen.”