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Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice to honor five local humanitarians

Five awards will be presented at the inaugural Humanitarian Awards Luncheon hosted by the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm •  Published: November 16, 2013

The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice will honor five recipients of the Oklahoma City Humanitarian Awards during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oklahoma City University.

The group will present the award to nominees who have shown leadership and courage in living and promoting the organization's mission of eliminating bias, bigotry and racism. The 2013 Humanitarian Award winners are Jalal and Mohammad Farzaneh, Mindy Harris-Silk, the Rev. Robert Long, J. David Macey Jr. and the Oklahoma Women's Coalition. Robert Henry, president of Oklahoma City University, will serve as emcee.

Jalal and Mohammad Farzaneh, owners of Home Creations, will be recognized for their leadership in creating Oklahoma City University's Endowed Chair in Islamic Studies and their efforts in bringing Iranian music and culture to the Oklahoma City metro area through concerts, films and other community programs.

Harris-Silk is receiving the award in recognition of her support of the National Conference for Christians and Jews, the predecessor organization of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. In addition, she has supported OCCJ's Camp Anytown, Oklahoma, which promotes self-esteem, good citizenship and leadership for high school students.

Long, senior pastor of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, has been a supporter of interfaith dialogue and understanding throughout his ministry. He has opened his church to a wide range of interfaith programs and service, and has personally brought together leaders of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith communities for discussion at St. Luke's.

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