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UCO to Hold Peace Rally, Forum in Response to Events in Ferguson, Missouri

Aug. 20, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121,


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to an interactive peace rally and forum beginning with a march at noon Friday, Aug. 22, on the steps behind Old North. The event is a response to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri.           

At 1 p.m., after the conclusion of the march, students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to join a panel discussion in the Nigh University Center’s Will Rogers Room about the events in Ferguson, how citizens might work together to prevent similar events from happening in Oklahoma and the steps students might take to build relationships with law enforcement.           

Panel members include Marc Goulding, assistant professor of history and geography; Myron Pope, Ed.D, vice president for Student Affairs; Leslie Similly, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Phillip Thomas, associate pastor of Net Church in Oklahoma City; and A. Byron Coleman III, senior pastor of Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Representatives from the Edmond and Oklahoma City Police Departments have also been invited to participate.

“We want to inform and empower students,” said Stevie Johnson, coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.           

“Many students don’t know that civil rights reforms were developed by people their age, and we hope to inspire our students to work for change in our communities.”           

For more information, contact Johnson at 405-974-5946.