Oklahoma Hall to Induct Publisher

The Editor at University of Oklahoma Law School Roscoe Dunjee, going over some work with his fellow employees. (Photo by Cornell Capa/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Roscoe Dunjee, the renowned founder, publisher and editor of The Black Dispatch, will be among the eight to be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

He, along with Col. (ret.) Stanley L. Evans, the former dean of students of the College of Law at the University of Oklahoma, and historian and author Hannibal B. Johnson  will each be bestowed the state’s highest honor during formal ceremonies scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Cox Business  Convention Center in Tulsa.

These are the eight to be inducted:

  • Roscoe Dunjee, who founded The Black Dispatch (the first Black newspaper in Oklahoma City) in 1915.

He died in 1965, having used the newspaper to fight for civil rights on national state and local levels.

He organized the Oklahoma Conference of Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1932 and served as its president for 16 years.

Also, he served on the board of directors of the rights group’s national organization.

  • Col. Stanley L. Evans, after retiring from the U.S. Army, he graduated from the law school at the University of Oklahoma and soon became the dean of students of the law school.

As dean of students, enrollment of minority students nearly doubled after his first year in the position.

  • Hannibal B. Johnson, a lawyer, historian and author, is chairman of the Education Committee of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

He is curator of the history center of the commission.

Mr.  Johnson recently published his 10th book, “”Black Wall Street 100: an American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma.”

  • Harvey Pratt of El Reno has assisted in thousands of arrests and hundreds of identification of unidentified human remains throughout America.

Retired as the police forensic artist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, he   still responds to agencies that request his assistance.

Mr. Pratt began his career with the Midwest City Police Department in 1965, where he did his first witness description drawing a year later.

This first attempt in forensic arts resulted in an arrest and conviction. 

He joined the OSBI in 1972 as a narcotics investigator and retired in 1992 as an assistant director. 

  • Paula Marshall has been president of Bama Cos. of Tulsa since 1990.

She is a member of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the Tulsa   Area United Way, and supports the Margaret Hudson Program and the McDonald House Charities.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Yvonne Kauger has served as chief justice.

She is the two-time recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award, has served as chairman of two committees that support the arts at the Oklahoma Judicial Center and has worked to turn her hometown, Colony, into an arts showplace.

  • Scott Hendricks began his career as a country music recording producer in Clinton.

His career path led him from local concerts to graduating from Oklahoma State University.

He and a classmate got a foothold in the recording business in Nashville, Tenn., as Mr. Hendricks built a reputation as one of the most successful executives in that industry.

During his career, he has produced 116 Top 10 singles, of which 75 peaked at No. 1.

All told, his No. 1   records have spent 117 weeks (over two years) at the top of the chart.

He has earned six awards from the Academy of Country Music, two from the Country Music Association, as well as an Emmy Award for his production of the theme song of “Monday Night Football” with Hank Williams Jr.

His production credits include “Restless Heart,” Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, John Michael Montgomery, Trace Adkins, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, Michael Ray, William Michael Morgan and Blake Shelton.

  • Jim Stovall is a former National Olympic weight-lifting champion,   investment broker, founder and president of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network and the author of 40 books, including the best-selling novel, “The Ultimate Gift,” which was made into a major motion picture starring the late Oklahoma native James Garner.

Mr. Stovall, who lost his sight when he was in his 20’s, also has received numerous awards for his work in making television accessible to other blind and visually impaired Americans. 

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