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2019 Ramadan Iftar with our Elected Leaders
May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$50
Join us on May 11th, 2019 as we host our annual Ramadan Iftar with our Elected Leaders!
This Iftar is very special for our community as it give 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.
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Our keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Kendra Horn, from Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. We are also honored to welcome our featured speakers Oklahoma City May David Holt, Oklahoma City Councilman James Cooper, and Oklahoma Senator George Young.
Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Kendra Horn
Congresswoman Kendra S. Horn represents Oklahoma’s 5th District. That includes Oklahoma City, Edmond and Shawnee. Part of Oklahoma County falls within the district’s boundaries, as well as all of Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.
The Congresswoman was born just south of the district, in Chickasha. She is a fifth-generation Oklahoman and fourth-generation Girl Scout. She attended Oklahoma schools all the way through college when she attended the University of Tulsa. She studied law at SMU’s Deadman School of Law in Dallas.
She practiced as an attorney until she accepted a role as the press secretary to United States Congressman Brad Carson (OK-02). After her time on the Hill, Congresswoman Horn worked in the space and aeronautics industry. She managed government affairs for the nonprofit Space Foundation before taking over its communications and media relations division. That organization advocates for the global space community, advancing civic, commercial and national security space issues. She returned to Oklahoma and founded Women Lead Oklahoma, a nonpartisan nonprofit that encourages women to participate in civic life. Most recently, she was the executive director of Sally’s List, a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains and supports women who run for political office at the state and local level.
Welcoming Remarks: Mayor David Holt
Mayor David Holt was elected Feb. 13, 2018, with 78.5 percent of the vote. It was the largest vote percentage achieved by a non-incumbent candidate for Mayor since 1947, and it made Holt the youngest Mayor of Oklahoma City since 1923, the first Native American mayor of Oklahoma City, and at the time of his election, the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with more than 500,000 residents. Mayor Holt took office April 10, 2018, as Oklahoma City’s 36th Mayor.
Mayor Holt believes that even though Oklahoma City has come so far, so fast, that our work is not finished yet. Mayor Holt is focused on continuing Oklahoma City’s momentum and working to ensure that it reaches every part of our City. His “one OKC” message illustrates his belief that Oklahoma City must maintain its unity to continue its progress.
Mayor Holt was born and raised in Oklahoma City. The son of a teacher and a social worker, Mayor Holt has had family in Oklahoma City for the better part of a century. He graduated from Putnam City Public Schools before receiving his B.A. from George Washington University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University.
Featured Speaker: Councilman James Cooper
James Cooper took the oath of office in April 2019 to begin his first term on the Oklahoma City Council. He formerly served as an Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher, and is a published writer who lives in OKC’s historic Paseo neighborhood. An AVID middle school college preparation teacher, Councilman Cooper also works as an adjunct Film Studies professor at Oklahoma City University, where he serves on OCU’s Arts and Sciences Advisory Board.
Councilman Cooper also serves as a trustee on the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) Board of Trustees.
Councilman Cooper was born in Midwest City where his mother, a retired registered nurse, still lives.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. He began his teaching career at OSU as a graduate assistant, where the university’s English Department recognized him for Teaching Excellence in Composition. He holds an MA in English at Oklahoma State University and graduated at OCU with his Creative Writing MFA.
Featured Speaker: Senator George Young
George E. Young, Sr. is the former Senior Pastor at Holy Temple Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and is also a former Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. A Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the Association of Professional Chaplains, a Certified Case Manager. He currently is an adjunct professor at Mid-America Christian University and works with the Ok. County Drug and DUI Court.
Dr. Young is a former trustee for Phillips Theological Seminary, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor. He has also received community service awards from: Urban League of Greater OKC, Oklahoma Health Foundation, Midwest City Martin Luther King Breakfast, Oklahoma Conference of Churches and the Interfaith Alliance in addition to being recognized as “Distinguished Alumnus” by Phillips Theological Seminary. He and his wife, the late Reverend Dr. Thelma Chambers-Young, have two children and three wonderful grandsons.