A Legacy of Passion Salute To Montford Point Marine James E. (Jimmy) Stewart’s life (1912 - 1997)

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This event is scheduled for August 18th, 2006 in the Chesapeake Event Center at the Oklahoma Historical Society. Mark this date today.

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James E. Stewart JR. and The Stewart Family, Governor Brad Henry, the 26th governor of the state of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors request the pleasure of your company at a Reception and Preview of the new James E Stewart Sr. Personal Collection. Friday, the eighteenth of August, Two thousand and six 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM in the evening. 2401 North Laird Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma program starts at 3:00 PM.  I hope you and the family will be able to come to this event as my guest.

James E. (Jimmy) Stewart’s life was a reflection of his burning passion for equality. Rising from janitor to assistant to the vice president of one of Oklahoma’s largest utilities, he aggressively led the fight for equality in Oklahoma and the nation. Among his many great qualities were integrity and a passion for equality. As a national leader of the NAACP, he played a major role in developing local, state, and national civil rights policies. He headed the NAACP in Oklahoma City during tumultuous times of school desegregation and integration. Stewart negotiated huge gains for minorities in the Sooner State.

James E. "Jimmy" Stewart, Sr., was responsible for the first black Marine, a young man from Langston University a Alfred Masters to be recruited and sworn into the United States Marine Corps as the first Black Marine at one minuite after midnight June 1st 1942. Stewart himself eventually enlisted shortly after. Jimmy volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps and served with the first ever battalion of Black Marines in world war two. Today they are called the Montford Point Marines. There name comes from the base they trained at. Jimmy was discharged in 1945 with the rank; of Tech Sergeant and returned to Oklahoma City.


James E. Stewart, Sr.’s papers, pictures, videos, recording, letters, speeches, minutes of NAACP meetings of the thirties and forties, his personal accounts of national and community leaders, the history of the civil rights movement of Oklahoma are included in the collection.

This personal gift of knowledge and history will be given to the Oklahoma Historical Society. These documents are part of the record of the past. These documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. Due to the nature of these documents they are presented in an unmodified and unedited format including any handwritten comments added during editing.

This means that the files are electronic copies of the original typewritten documents created on older typewriters. They are still, to say the least, some of the most interesting documents I have ever read on this era of history in Oklahoma James E Stewart Jr.

Jimmy served on: Douglass High- -Langston University Athletic Association Board, The Southern Regional NAACP Council Board at Atlanta, The Negro Business League Board, The Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County Community Action Board, The Governor’s Committee on Human Relations, The Oklahoma City Commission on Human Relations, Okiahomans for Progress, Honorary City Mayor Of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County Historical Society9s Pathmaker Award, The American Association Of Blacks In Energy James E Stewart Award, Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma Committee on Church and Race, The Charter Revision Committee for the City, Chairman of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, Chairman of the Oklahoma City Golf Commission Chairman, The Eastside YMCA Board Chairman, Council for Resocialization of Ex-Offenders, Past President Villa Savoy Housing, INC., The Salvation Army Board, Montford Point Marines Life Member, NAACP Life Member, The Oklahoma City Branch NAACP Executive Committee, President Oklahoma City NAACP, The First Chairman Of The National NAACP Energy Committee, The National Board of NAACP, The Coalition of Civic Leadership, The Capitol-Med Center Historical Preservation Commission, WICHITA NORTH HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI, Langston University Alumni, Langston Booster Club, and The Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. 

Some of the honors or awards received through the years include City of Oklahoma City, The Grail Club. The Community Action Program. Oklahoma City Set, Inc., Phi Delta Kappa, YMCA Life Member, Sertoma Club, Region VI NAACP, The James E Stewart Industrial Center, The James E Stewart Golf Course and Driving Range, The Oklahoma Natural Gas James E Stewart Training Center, Afro-American Hall of Fame of Oklahoma, Inc., Oklahoma Hall of Fame Oklahoma, Journalism Hall of Fame, Montford Point Marine Association Hall of Fame, And many more awards and honors.

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