Heritage Celebration Series to honor Black History Month

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Heritage Celebration Series to honor Black History Month

February 8, 2012

 Bruce T. Fisher
Bruce T. Fisher

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Heritage Celebration Series presents Bruce. T. Fisher to speak on Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. as part of Black History month. Fisher’s presentation, “Tracing Our Roots: Oklahoma’s Historically Black Towns Tour,” will be delivered through ITV from Northwestern-Enid room 202 to branch locations in Alva-Carter Hall room 107; Woodward-room 114; and Ponca City-room 119.

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

The presentation features rare film footage of rural black communities in the late 1920’s shot by an African American minister, Reverend S. S. Jones of Muskogee, some of which was featured at a recent Association of Moving Images Archivist Conference by Yale University Archivist.

The Oklahoma Historical Society is the only other institution that owns this film footage.

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. 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.”

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.

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