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Selmon family will be honored at annual Xenia Institute banquet in Norman

Tickets are on sale for the annual Sam Matthews Social Justice Award banquet, which will honor Kathryn and Dewey Selmon of Norman.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 19, 2013

Tickets are on sale for the eighth annual Sam Matthews Social Justice Award banquet set for 6:30 p.m. March 7 in the Fellowship Hall of First Christian Church, 220 S Webster Ave.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Xenia Institute in memory of the late Sam Matthews, who in the 1960s was the first real estate agent to sell a home in Norman to a black family. His action is honored each year with an award to an individual or group that has contributed to or magnified civil rights in the community.

This year's award recipients are Kathryn and Dewey Selmon. The Selmons have participated in multiple philanthropic endeavors, including founding Food for Friends in Norman and promoting support of “Rainbow Town,” a Liberian village that offers education, opportunities and hope to war orphans in that country.

Tickets to the banquet are $30 each or $210 for a table that seats eight. For more information or tickets, call Xenia Institute Executive Director Bob Thomas at 321-8682 or email


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