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  • Cathy O'Connor

Take a Seat campaign starts

Imagine helping to set the stage for the next Ralph Ellison, Jimmy Rushing or Charlie Christian. The novelist, blues singer and jazz guitarist were all Oklahoma natives who graced the stage of the historic Page Woodson auditorium in northeast Oklahoma City.

The former school boasts many notable alumni – some recognizable on an international level, like Rushing – and many, like Willa Johnson and Russell Perry, who are well-known locally for their continued contributions to the fabric of our city.

Page Woodson has played a part in some of the most significant cultural and historical events in Oklahoma City’s African-American community, including its time as the all-black Douglass High School from 1934-1954. When the school closed its doors in 1994, it sat abandoned and vandalized for the next two decades.

Read the full article in The Journal Record

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