About the Center
Beginning with the 2008 groundbreaking for Reconciliation Park, which was Dr. John Hope Franklin’s last public appearance before his death in March 2009, the Center’s Board of Directors has created an exciting vision – to transform the bitterness and mistrust caused by years of racial division, even violence, into a hopeful future of reconciliation and cooperation for Tulsa and the nation.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2007, the Center is building its reputation through its programs and projects even before there is a building. When completed in December 2009, Reconciliation Park will be a public-private partnership, owned by The City of Tulsa and managed by the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Inc. Then the work of designing, funding and building the physical Center for Reconciliation will begin.
For more information on the activities of the John Hope Franklin Center, please contact Jean Neal at 918-295-5009 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jocelyn Payne, Executive Director
With a background in civic engagement, research and education, Jocelyn comes to the John Hope Franklin Center bringing a lifetime of advocacy regarding race and reconciliation. Dr. Payne has served in leadership positions at Creighton University, Bryn Mawr College and most recently at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah as an Associate Professor and former Vice President for Administration.
A proud Tulsa native, Jocelyn graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She completed the Master of Science in College Teaching at Northeastern State University and the Doctor of Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University.
Board of Directors
John Hope Franklin Center Chairman
George Kaiser Family Foundation
Finance and Facilities Committees
Jeffrey J. Burns, CPA
Facilities Committee and
Dinner of Reconciliation Chair
ONEOK, Retired Vice Chair
Tulsa Community Foundation
Program and Development Committees
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
Nominating Committee Chair
Historian Secretary of Board
Program, Development &Communications Committee
Oklahoma Afterschool Network
City of Tulsa
Dr. Preston Phillips
The Warren Clinic
Philbrook Museum of Art
Tulsa Historical Society
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