This Iftar is very special for our community as it gives us an opportunity to meet and break bread with our elected officials from all levels of government. Active and civically engaged Muslims from across the state will be gathering to attend this distinguished Ramadan Iftar event.
When: Friday April 8, 2022
Where: Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Click Here to Register: http://conta.cc/3IaSNWT
Keynote Speaker – Mayor David Holt, Mayor of Oklahoma City
Mayor David Holt became Oklahoma City’s 36th mayor in 2018. He was elected in 2018 with 78.5 percent of the vote, the largest percentage achieved by a non-incumbent since 1947. In 2022, he was re-elected with more votes than any candidate for Mayor since 1959. Holt is the first Native American mayor of Oklahoma City. At the time he took office, Holt was the youngest mayor of Oklahoma City since 1923 and the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with more 500,000 residents.
Mayor Holt’s “One OKC” message reflects his belief that Oklahoma City can continue to thrive only if we set aside the things that divide us and find common purpose. He applies that philosophy of unity to his four top priorities:
- Maintaining upgrades in core services, including streets, transit, infrastructure, police and fire protection
- Continuing our improvements in quality of life and our commitment to economic growth through MAPS & other initiatives
- Supporting and improving public education
- Incorporating the diversity of our city into decision-making
In his second year in office, Mayor Holt recorded his signature achievement, shepherding the development and successful passage of MAPS 4, an ambitious, nearly $1 billion package that will address 16 critical challenges and opportunities.
Senator Mary B. Boren was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in November 2018. She represents the people living in District 16 which covers Norman, Noble, Lexington, and Slaughterville in Cleveland County.
After graduating with distinction from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law in 1992, Senator Boren began her education policy career as a Carl Albert Executive Fellow for the State Regents of Higher Education and State Textbook Committee, where she served all of Oklahoma’s universities and public schools.
She was enlisted by Governors Walters and Henry to serve as an interim legal analyst during the last weeks of the legislative sessions in 1993, 1994, and 2003, where she reviewed and briefed legislation for the Governors’ approval.
Senator Boren was an active member of the Young Democrats during her college years, which lead to coordinating statewide volunteers for State Superintendent Sandy Garrett. In 2008, she was trained as a voter protection attorney during the March 2008 primary election in Texas.
Senator Boren credits her participation in the Institute for Child Advocacy’s Kids Count Leaders training and the American Bar Association’s Children and Law Committee, as motivation to become a Child Advocacy Attorney and provide affordable legal representation for foster parents, grandparents, and parents undergoing family crisis from 2003-2009. In 2009, she became a certified school counselor and worked for Little Axe High School and Adams Elementary School in Norman until 2015. Senator Boren was elected by her peers to serve on the Professional Educators of Norman bargaining team.
She is currently a member of Latina’s Women in Norman to support the Mosiacos After-school Program for English language learners at Truman Elementary, and is a member of PTA for Adams Elementary and for Norman High School. After the 2013 storms, Senator Boren worked for the Center for Children and Families to connect storm survivors with mental health resources. She recently served as the Estate and Legacy Attorney for The Salvation Army.
Senator Boren has been married to Dr. Nathan Boren who board certified Family Physician since 1992. Together they have three children (Altus, Harrison, and Macy) and are members of the First Christian Church of Norman.
Reverend Doctor George E. Young, Sr. was born in Memphis, Tenn. He retired from 30 years of Pastoral service in 2013. Dr. Young was elected to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in 2014, while serving was elected as the Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and serves as the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus Chair. As of November 6, 2018 he was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate and he will continue serving as the Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. Dr. Young is the author of “Christology: A Look At Practical Christianity.” He was selected to attend the Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills in Little Rock, sponsored by the Southern Legislative Conference. He was invited and attended the Medicaid Leadership Policy Academy in Washington, DC and the follow up Advanced Academy, sponsored by the Council of State Governments. In 2017, participated in the Early Learning Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislator’s, which focused on topics involving the economic returns on investment in the early years; the science of early brain development; and early childhood development. In 2018, Early Learning Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislator’s, focused on the promising approaches for America’s Addiction Crisis. In 2019, Dr. Young was invited to serve on the National Task Force on Healthy States, sponsored by the Council of State Governments.
He is a Certified Mediation Specialist in Family and Divorce issues. He received his undergraduate degree from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. He continued his education receiving a Masters of Arts in Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, a Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduating Cum Laude, and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University in December of 2006 and completed his Doctorate of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2010.
Dr. Young is a graduate of the Oklahoma Aging Leadership Advocacy Academy class of 1999 (Charter Class). He is an alumnus of Leadership Oklahoma City (Class XX), completed two years as Co-Chair of Classes XIX and XXX and an alumnus of Leadership Oklahoma where he was awarded the “Golden Bull” Award for most socially provocative. He received the Good Citizen Award and The Social Justice Award from the Oklahoma Conference of Churches where he served as President. While serving in the Oklahoma Legislature Dr. Young has received numerous awards. To name a few: Special Recognition for his continuous commitment to outstanding service from the Midwest City Martin Luther King breakfast committee, 2019; Imam’s Pioneer Award 2019; Community Impact Award from a Chance to Change, 2019; and the Oklahoma Association of Nurses Anesthetists Legislative Excellence Award, 2019. Dr. Young took a moment of personal privilege to pursue a huge undertaking involving joining an exclusive organization that has been in his sight for quite some time; he became an official member of one of the divine 9; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in April, 2019. He continues as an adjunct professor for Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. As Pastor, he initiated a partnership that sponsors the largest Back to School Block Party and School Supply Give-Away in the Northeast Quadrant of OKC. He led the church in completing a multi-million dollar senior Housing Project (Temple Gardens). Dr. Young and his late wife Dr. Thelma Chambers Young have two children and three wonderful grandsons. He is the CEO of Young Management Consulting, a mediation and nonprofit management and leadership development firm.
Councilwoman Nikki Nice was elected Nov. 6, 2018, to serve as Ward 7’s representative on the Oklahoma City Council. She’s the 10th woman, and the second woman of color, to serve on the Council since the City’s incorporation in 1890. She was re-elected unopposed in 2021.
Councilwoman Nice serves on the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, the Zoological Trust and the Trails Advisory Committee.
A fourth-generation Oklahoman, Councilwoman Nice was born, reared, educated and spiritually nurtured in Ward 7. Her early education was completed in the Millwood Public School District. She is a graduate of Northeast High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from historic Langston University. She has studied abroad in The Gambia and Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa. Councilwoman Nice is a well-known television and radio personality with nearly 15 years of on-air experience in the Oklahoma City market.
Councilwoman Nice brings to the Oklahoma City Council a wealth of leadership and community service. She is the proud recipient of the Opio Toure Medallion award presented by the Oklahoma County Democrats, Finer Womanhood Award presented by the Chi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Citizen of the Year Award presented by the Upsilon Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the Reach Forward No Fear Lady Award. Nice also served as a member of Class one of L.O.Y.A.L. (Linking Oklahoma’s Young Adult Leaders), Leadership Oklahoma City Class 35, an inaugural Board Member of NLC Oklahoma (New Leaders Council), and as a Northeast Task Force Member with OKCPS. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for HeartLine, Inc., Special Friends of Ralph Ellison Library Executive Board Member, BLAC (Black Liberated Arts Center) Incorporated Board Member, Working Together for Change Ministries Board Member and Northeast Academy PTSA Vice President.
Councilwoman Nice lives in Northeast Oklahoma City and is the proud daughter of Roberta. She is a pet lover, music lover and a lover of people, and she is committed to moving Ward 7 and Oklahoma City “Forward Together.”