A.C. Hamlin Banquet Set for May

The 21st Biennial A. C. Hamlin Banquet will be held Tuesday May 2, 2017, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m.  Individual tickets are $50.00.

The A. C. Hamlin Biennial Banquet is held in honor of Albert Comstock Hamlin, who was the first African American elected to the Oklahoma state legislature (1908) and until 1964 was the only black to serve in the Oklahoma Legislature.

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  1. Bob, 15 March, 2017

    AND….he was a Republican!!!!

  2. Patrick, 11 April, 2017

    No more for 56 years?

    Ever heard of Jim Crow?

    Nice to read about history to enter an entity there has to be a first.



  3. Patrick, 16 April, 2017

    His defeat was a direct result of a DEMOCRAT!!! -sponsored constitutional amendment that essentially prevented most blacks from voting.

    The “grandfather clause” stated that “no person shall be registered as an elector in this state, or be allowed to vote in any election held herein, unless he be able to read and write any section of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma.” It also prevented anyone from voting unless that person had voted before January 1, 1866, or was a direct descendent of someone who could have voted on that date.

    This was done by amendment, as in 1907 Pres. Theodore Roosevelt would not sign any proposed Oklahoma constitution if it contained provisions that restricted voting based on race.


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