2012 Global Oklahoma at Rose State College raises awareness about Haiti

Visitors and participants of 2012 Global Oklahoma, A Festival of Cultures, said the annual celebration of diversity at Rose State College in Midwest City, OK, was a success.
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Published: October 7, 2012
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Price said organizations such as the Red Cross, Power Mission, Mission of Hope Haiti and Boots on the Ground participated this year to commemorate relief efforts they provided to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake left many of the country's residents homeless.

Jonah Karoki said celebrating diverse cultures encourages him to remain involved in his own. Karoki and his wife own a catering business that features dishes from their Kenyan and Ethiopian heritages.

The two are members of the organization Kenyan Oklahoma Community.

“Our main clients are actually Americans. Once they try our food they love it,” Karoki said of his catering business.

Karoki said Global Oklahoma is one way the region shows its celebration of diversity.

“I don't know if it's because of the Native American heritage here or if it's just because the people are very open, but I think Oklahoma is very cultural friendly,” he said.

Price said the festival, which is an annual event, was a success despite the cold weather.

“We had a really strong turnout. Only a handful of participants canceled due to the weather but most showed up. I think overall people had a great day,” Price said.