Sen. Fred Harris, other honored guests to attend George Krumme Awards Gala March 29th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Michael Whelan – Vice Chairman
Tulsa County Democratic Party
TULSA, Okla. – A former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate from Oklahoma makes a stop in Tulsa next month. Fred Harris will deliver the keynote address at the George Krumme Awards Gala hosted by the Tulsa County Democratic Party on March 29.
Harris represented Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate from 1964 to 1973, serving the remainder of Robert S. Kerr’s seat after Kerr died in office, as well as a subsequent term. Harris ran for President in 1972 and 1976 and served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1969 and 1970.
“We are so honored that Sen. Harris will be joining us to deliver our keynote address,” said Judy Eason McIntyre, chairperson for the Tulsa Democratic Party. “Sen. Harris proudly served the people of Oklahoma during a period so crucial to social change. His bipartisan style of leadership has left a lasting impact on our country and our state, and we are eagerly looking forward to his message.”
During his tenure in the Senate, Harris was a strong supporter of Native American rights and was known for forging bipartisan relationships. After leaving office, Harris entered the world of academia and became an accomplished author. He now serves as professor emeritus of political science at the University of New Mexico, and directs the UNM Fred Harris Congressional Internship Program. Harris has also published three novels and 18 non-fiction books on politics, government and issues, including Locked in the Poorhouse: Cities, Race and Poverty in the United States.
Several awards will be presented at the event, including the Legend Awards, Millie Damron Top Democrat Awards, Dennis Clark Volunteer Award and the inaugural Woody Guthrie Award.
Also making a special appearance at the gala is Ambassador James Jones, former Oklahoma Congressman and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. A Muskogee native, Jones served U.S. House District 1 from 1973 to 1987 and was President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Mexico from 1993 to 1997.
The George Krumme Awards Gala is named for George Krumme, a Tulsa oilman who has been a long time supporter of the Democratic Party and it’s ideals.
The gala will be held Thursday, March 29 at the Downtown Doubletree Ballroom, 616 W. 7th St., from 6-10 p.m. Individual tickets are $75 and sponsorships range from $1,000 to $5,000.
More information can be found at www.tulsacountydemocrats.org.