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Tulsa Annual Awards 2023 - honoring Kimberly Johnson and Julius Pegues

Join us in congratulating our 2023 Annual Awards honorees! Our annual Humanitarian of the Year Award honors individuals of outstanding dedication and community service in our state who create a more inclusive, just, and hospitable Oklahoma for all. In addition to our traditional Humanitarian Award, we are thrilled to add the Nancy Day Spirit  Award to our Annual Awards Dinners ceremony. This award honors those who exemplify Nancy Day’s spirit of collaboration, community, and tireless dedication to the work of OCCJ.

This year, we will celebrate Kimberly Johnson (Tulsa City-County Library) as our Humanitarian of the Year and the late Julius Pegues (John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation) as the Nancy Day Spirit Award honoree. 

Our Tulsa Annual Awards honor individuals of outstanding dedication and community service in the region. Honorees exhibit an extensive record of involvement in civic, charitable, volunteer, and professional organizations, and have contributed to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in Oklahoma.

The Annual Awards is OCCJ’s major source of funding for free programming. Current events in our nation remind us of the critical need for OCCJ’s work. At the heart of our mission is creating spaces for dialogue and programs that serve to empower, educate, and inspire Oklahomans to create inclusive communities and ultimately overcome oppression.

The Tulsa Annual Awards will be held Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at the Cox Business Center (100 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103) with a cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. and dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Dress is business cocktail and complementary valet parking will be available. 

Purchase individual Tulsa Annual Awards tickets here. Tickets are available at three levels, Friend of the Honoree at $500, Individual at $300, and Young Professional (under 40) at $150. 

For sponsorship information, please contact Morgan Allen-White at or 918.583.1361. Sponsorship payments can be paid online here by selecting "Tulsa Annual Awards 2023" under the "Fund" drop down menu.

Thank you to last year's sponsors!