History & Mission

The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) is Oklahoma’s only human relations organization solely dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism and promoting respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures.

Founded as a volunteer movement in Tulsa in 1934 as a chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, OCCJ has a proud legacy deeply rooted in the community. The Tulsa NCCJ was formally established as a staffed office in 1958, and through our 53-year history in Oklahoma, has been an innovative leader in promoting understanding and mutual respect through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.

Our programs reach a broad range of ages, from second graders through adults, and are focused on recognizing and celebrating both our differences and our shared humanity. Our programs are a strong thread in the fabric of Oklahoma, weaving through the decades, touching and changing thousands of lives, making our city and our state a better place to live.

With the support of key business, community, education and religious leaders, OCCJ became an organization independent of the national organization in 2005. OCCJ is now better prepared and equipped to define and address issues in which Oklahomans want to be involved.

OCCJ is the leading organization in advocating the rights and ethical treatment of all people. OCCJ’s work contributes greatly to healthy, educated and empowered communities. Underlying all the economic and social challenges that communities face are the very basic, and often difficult, human relations issues that OCCJ is uniquely positioned to help resolve.

We are located at 100 West Fifth Street, LL-1030, Tulsa, OK 74103. Phone 918.583.1361 or fax 918.583.1367.

OCCJ is a member of the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC). Learn more about NFJC at http://www.federationforjustcommunities.org/.

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