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FOR RELEASE: February 12, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Father Colenzo Hubbard to Speak at Metro Area Youth and Community Activities

The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Christian Leadership Foundation are sponsoring several events Feb. 22 - 24 with a focus on youth programs. The meetings will stress the importance of collaborative partnerships between faith-based organizations and state agencies to meet the needs of our youth and the community.

Reverend Colenzo Hubbard will be the special guest speaker at these events. Father Hubbard is the Executive Director of the Emmanuel Episcopal Center, an urban outreach into the largest public housing community in Memphis, Tenn. The center focuses on a variety of needs including youth services, education, social services and community relations. Father Hubbard is an ordained priest and has a degree in social work from the University of Alabama. He has received various awards for leadership including the State of Alabama Governor’s Award for Outstanding Religious and Community Service.

An informal reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, for pastors and urban youth leaders. The reception will provide an opportunity for community leaders to personally meet Father Hubbard and to network with other attendees.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, Father Hubbard will speak at Wildewood Christian Church, 6900 N. Kelley, in Oklahoma City during both the 9 a.m. and 11a.m. services, followed by a Black Heritage celebration at 1:15 pm. The public is invited to attend the services and Black Heritage celebration that will include a lunch, music and cultural entertainment.

On Monday, Feb. 24, Millwood Schools will host a Student Leaders Summit with student representatives in grades 6 through 12 from several Oklahoma City Schools. Youth will be encouraged by Father Hubbard to be a part of the solutions in their community. The weekend’s events will culminate with a pastors/youth leaders forum focusing on building relationships with state service providers to effectively address community needs.

For additional information on this and other opportunities planned by the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, contact Debbie Price, project manager, at 405/271-1742.

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