Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with LaNelma Johnson.
Forty-five years ago, LaNelma and Ray Johnson accepted the Bahá’í faith, and its tenet to serve humanity and the oneness of mankind. That desire took them to India in 1971, where they taught children ages five to 18 at a small, rural school in Panchgani.
“Some of the children were there because they were orphans, and some were there because they came from war-torn countries,” LaNelma Johnson says. “We really felt like we could do a service there with these children.”
Johnson told the story of her family’s 12 years in India in her memoir Okie in a Saree. The couple set out to consciously recruit female students from all over India, since they weren’t afforded the same educational opportunities as boys. India’s caste system had already been illegal for decades, but reforms were slow to trickle down to rural villages.
Thursday's holiday has Sarah Josepha Hale to thank for helping it get national recognition.
Thanksgiving before 1863 was something of a moveable feast, with states honoring the holiday at various times or not at all. But as the Civil War dragged on, Abraham Lincoln needed a way to unite the country. And Hale, a prominent magazine editor, persuaded him to declare a national holiday.
Hale, who was from New Hampshire, was a prolific writer of biographies, cookbooks, novels, editorials and volumes of poetry, including the children's rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
The Department of Justice has entered into an agreement with an Oklahoma-based child care facility that was found to have discriminated against a child with Down's Syndrome.
Under the agreement, Camelot Development Center will provide annual training on working with children with developmental disabilities and make modifications to try to allow the child to take field trips.
A preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that a 2.5 magnitude earthquake struck 24 miles northwest of Healdton, in south-central Oklahoma, at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
It had a depth of 3.1 miles.
Another earthquake centered near Edmond struck at around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The 2.8 magnitude quake had a depth of 3.1 miles and was located 4 miles southeast of Edmond and 11 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
An Oklahoma City Thunder fan who hit a half-court shot for $20,000 may not be able to keep both the money and his eligibility to compete in college sports.
Cameron Rodriguez, a sophomore forward for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders basketball team, sank the promotional shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder's home game against the Denver Nuggets. The 23-year-old is from Elk City, Okla.
Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 7:08 am
Last December, a website called The Morning Newsasked me to describe the most important and unimportant events of my year. So I sent them a story that felt like both to me, something slight but at the same time deeply rich. Now that it's Thanksgiving, I'm going to post it here because it's about two girls who want the best for everybody — and that can get complicated.
You are not imagining it, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season starts earlier and earlier. Black Friday has been around for decades — that's the point where retailers hope to begin to make a profit.
Shoppers looking to get a jump on deals can shop on Gray Thursday – think Black Friday intruding into Thanksgiving Day.
This Turkey Day, many national chains will open their doors early in an effort to boost sales. K-Mart opened at 6 a.m.
A Republican state legislator from Claremore says he plans to run for a Senate seat being vacated by Democratic state Sen. Sean Burrage.
Rep. Marty Quinn announced Wednesday his plans to run for the seat in Rogers and Mayes counties. Burrage announced earlier this week his plans to leave the Senate after his current term ends to spend more time at his home in Claremore.
Elected to the House in 2010, Quinn runs an insurance company in Rogers County.
Republicans currently hold a 36-12 advantage over Democrats in the Senate.