Leander Williams of Oklahoma City, founder of the mentoring organization Project Boys 2 Men, called me Friday evening to let me know that Steve Perry, Ph.D., will be a guest speaker on “Oprah’s Lifeclass” at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 7 on the Oprah Winfrey Network known as OWN.
Williams, known to young people as “Mr. Lee,” has closely followed Perry’s career, read his books and watched him in the documentary film “From Fatherless to Fatherhood.” That’s why he and the Rev. Kelly Booker asked Perry to be keynote speaker at the “A Heart for the Fatherless” conference set for Aug. 10 in Oklahoma City. Williams said his father was an active participant in his upbringing. Booker, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church, where Williams is youth pastor, said he grew up in a two-parent household but he has seen how growing up without a caring father in the home can negatively affect children.
I have a story about the upcoming conference in Saturday’s paper so Perry’s guest stint on “Oprah’s Lifeclass” is very timely.
In fact, the issue of fatherless youths will be the topic of Sunday’s show. I plan on watching the show to find out more about Perry and the issue before the August conference.
Williams told me he is hoping that others in Oklahoma City do the same.
Here’s more information about the conference:
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10. Free lunch will be provided.
Where: Fairview Baptist Church, 1700 NE 7.
Cost: $15 for adults; free for youths 19 and younger.
Tickets: Advance tickets only. Kuttin’ Up Barbershop, 35 NE 36, 524-6100; New Union Baptist Church, 5404 N Kelley. 424-3451
Information: Leander Williams, 417-8440. Preregistration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org or Project Boys 2 Men