Former Sen. Maxine Horner, who was one of the first two Black women to serve in the Oklahoma State Senate, died Sunday at age 88. Horner represented State Senate District 11 in Tulsa from 1987 until 2005, championing education causes and issues of equity.
Even after she left the Legislature, Horner advocated for greater awareness and recognition of the Tulsa Race Massacre, recently chairing a committee that oversaw the search for unmarked graves of its victims.
This afternoon, Rep. Regina Goodwin (D-Tulsa) spoke about Horner on the House floor and asked that her colleagues pray for the Horner family.
“If we could be half of the diplomat, half of the statesman she was, we would be a lot better off in this body,” Goodwin said. “If you’ve heard of Oklahoma’s Promise, it was because of Sen. Maxine Horner. If you’ve heard of the Greenwood Cultural Center, it was because of Sen. Maxine Horner and at that time Rep. Don Ross.”
Roxanne Blystone, who is now the executive assistant to Sen. Lonnie Paxton (R-Tuttle), previously worked as an assistant for both Ross and Horner.
“She was just a gracious, elegant lady. Always kept
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