February is Black History Month, and the Tulsa World will be publishing stories and daily facts throughout the month.

Just breaking a barrier, which she did as one of the first two black women elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 1986, was not enough for Maxine Horner.

As a fledgling state lawmaker, the Tulsan immediately got to work, establishing herself as a champion for education and the arts. Horner would also serve as Democratic Caucus chairwoman, and in the late 1990s, was a sponsor of the legislation creating the Tulsa Race Riot Commission.

It would take term limits to finally end Horner’s hold on her seat. But her 2005 departure didn’t mean a goodbye to public life altogether.

Horner has been back in the spotlight recently, in fact, chairing the citizens committee overseeing the search for burial sites of Tulsa Race Massacre victims.

Tim Stanley 918-581-8385


Twitter: @timstanleyTW

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