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Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles, Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state.
Oklahoma also has a rich African American history. There were many black towns that thrived in the early 20th century because of black settlers moving from neighboring states, especially Kansas. The politician Edward P. McCabe encouraged black settlers to come to what was then Indian Territory. He discussed with President Theodore Roosevelt the possibility of making Oklahoma a majority-black state.
Social tensions were exacerbated by the revival of the Ku Klux Klan after 1915. The Tulsa Race Riot broke out in 1921, with whites attacking blacks. In one of the costliest episodes of racial violence in American history, sixteen hours of rioting resulted in 35 city blocks destroyed, $1.8 million in property damage, and a death toll estimated to be as high as 300 people. By the late 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan had declined to negligible influence within the state.
Annual ethnic festivals and events take place throughout the state such as Native American powwows and ceremonial events, and include festivals in Scottish, Irish, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Czech, Jewish, Arab, Mexican and African-American communities depicting cultural heritage or traditions. During a 10-day run in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma State Fair attracts close to one million people, and large pow-wows, Asian festivals, and Juneteenth celebrations are held in the city each year.
Oklahoma is an important producer of natural gas, aircraft, and food. The state ranks second in the nation for production of natural gas, and is the 27th-most agriculturally productive state, ranking 5th in production of wheat. Four Fortune 500 companies and two Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Oklahoma, and it has been rated one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, with the 7th-lowest tax burden in 2007.
Oklahoma is located in a temperate region and experiences occasional extremes of temperature and precipitation typical in a continental climate. Most of the state lies in an area known as Tornado Alley characterized by frequent interaction between cold and warm air masses producing severe weather.
51.5% of Oklahomans are male and 48.4% are female.
Percentage of black-owned firms, 2.6%
The Flag of the State of Oklahoma
Flower - Mistletoe
Fish - White or Sand Bass
Reptile - Mountain Boomer Lizard
Tree - Redbud
Song - “Oklahoma”
Bird - Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
Animal - Bison
Colors - Green and White
Grass - Indiangrass
Stone - Rose Rock
Beverage - Milk
Butterfly - Black Swallowtail
Folk Dance - Square Dance
Furbearer - Raccoon
Game Animal - White-Tailed Deer
Insect - Honeybee
Musical Instrument - Fiddle
Poem - “Howdy Folks”
Waltz - “Oklahoma Wind”
Wildflower - Indian Blanket
Nickname: Sooner State
Motto(s): Labor omnia vincit (Latin)
Capital: Oklahoma City
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Ask A Lawyer Free Legal Advice
On April 28th, Oklahoma residents will be able to call a statewide hotline for free legal advice from Oklahoma City and Tulsa lawyers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by calling (800) 456-8525. Several hundred attorneys statewide volunteer to make the "Ask A Lawyer" hotline possible. This will be the Oklahoma Bar Association's 38th year to offer this community service as part of the national celebration of Law Day.
From 7 – 8 p.m. that evening, Oklahomans can expect an insightful look into the legal system when the annual award-winning “Ask A Lawyer” call-in television show airs on OETA. This show is designed to share information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language.
A series of segments will be shown during the hour to provide a glimpse into Oklahoma's legal community. The show will feature three segments on the topics of:
• Women’s Incarceration
• Marriage Equality
• Juror Appreciation
Each segment will conclude with a town hall forum moderated by OBA member Dick Pryor.
One of the biggest issues within Oklahoma law is the high rate of female incarceration. During the program, you’ll hear the story of a young, single mother who was arrested and threatened with long-term incarceration and the loss of her child. Through a program offering alternatives to prison, she was able to get her life back on track.
Meet the Oklahoma litigants in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that paved the way to legalizing same-sex marriage across the U.S.
We highlight the importance of jury service and why legal practitioners appreciate those who serve as jurors. OBA President Garvin A. Isaacs of Oklahoma City will share why he has made juror appreciation a key component of his presidential year.
During the program, viewers can call in for free legal advice, a community service Oklahoma lawyers are providing in conjunction with the national celebration of Law Day. Viewers statewide will be able to reach an attorney by calling (800) 456-8525 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Viewers who prefer to speak to an attorney practicing in their town or county will be able to see and call local numbers during the broadcast.
The winners in statewide Law Day art and writing contests also will be featured on the show. Hundreds of Oklahoma students in grades Pre-K through high school entered the contests, designed to stimulate discussion and understanding of the law among young Oklahomans.
On April 28, Oklahomans may call a statewide hotline for free legal advice from Oklahoma City and Tulsa lawyers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by calling (800) 456-8525. Several hundred attorneys statewide volunteer to make the "Ask A Lawyer" hotline possible. This is the OBA's 38th year to offer this community service.
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