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Posted 2/15/2017

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By Brannen Parrish

The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted its 2017 African American Heritage Month program, at the Tulsa District office, Feb. 15.

Guest speaker, Linda Ware Toure, an educator with more than 38 years of service, was the keynote speaker for the event.
The theme for Toure’s presentation was “Success always leaves footprints”. The retired educator of more than 38 years spoke about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the importance of voting with regard to public policy and setting the course of the future of communities and nations.

“Voting is the number one way that all Americans can make a difference,” said Toure. “If you don’t think that voting has consequences, we just need look at what’s happened down through the years.”

The event also featured a contemporary praise dance by Josephine-Joy Hammond, who teaches youth and children’s ministry, contemporary and interpretive praise dance.

Mireille Bompuku, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, catered the program by preparing food samples from the African nation for attendees.