Former State Senator to Present Lecture on Public Service

February 27, 2017

Contact: Marcia Shottenkirk, Communications Liaison / 405.422.6237


EL RENO, Okla. — Former Oklahoma State Sen. Connie Johnson will be the featured speaker at 10 a.m., Friday, March 3, in the Redlands Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Johnson will present a lecture entitled, “Unbought and Unbossed: Living a Life of Public Service.” After 33 years of representing the predominantly African-American “Eastside” of Oklahoma City, Johnson recently retired from her life in public service. While in the Senate, her focus remained on health, mental health and human services issues that disproportionately affected the economic and social well-being of the poor, minorities, women, children and people with disabilities.

She made Oklahoma history as the first woman and first African-American to win the U.S. Senate nomination of any major political party. Currently, she serves as the vice chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

Following the lecture, community partners from a number of nonprofit organizations will be on hand to talk with Redlands students, staff, faculty members and community members about volunteerism opportunities in Canadian County.

The event is being offered in a joint celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Redlands Political Science Professor Cherry Rain organized the event as an effort to inspire others to get involved in their communities.

For more information, please contact Communications Liaison Marcia Shottenkirk at 405.422.6237 or via email at