A Little Bit of History
I’m usually not a fan of photos of people being sworn into offices, but there were some historical firsts recently that deserve a mention.
Tom Colbert became the first African American chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday, Jan. 4. Retired Oklahoma County District Judge Charles Owens issued the oath of office to Colbert. Owens was the first black judge in Oklahoma when he was appointed in 1968.
The next week, Colbert administered the oath of office to T.W. Shannon to become the first black Speaker of the House in Oklahoma.
And, all of this happened close to the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863.
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