Candle lighting ceremony will honor civil rights pioneer Nancy Randolph Davis

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(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, Jan. 29, 2021) — Oklahoma State University will host a virtual candle lighting ceremony to honor the legacy of civil rights pioneer Nancy Randolph Davis. In 1949, she became the first African-American enrollee at what was then Oklahoma A&M College.

What: Carrying the Torch: Nancy Randolph Davis Virtual Candle Lighting

When: 5:30 p.m., Feb. 1 

Where: (livestream)

Details: A small group of participants will gather in person for a short program inside the Gaylord Gallery, located in the north wing of the Nancy Randolph Davis building, with a candle-lighting to follow next to the Nancy Randolph Davis statue, located in the building’s courtyard.

Speakers include: Dr. Nancy Lynn Davis (daughter of Nancy Randolph Davis), College of Education and Human Sciences Interim Dean Stephan M. Wilson, representatives from various student organizations and Dr. Jovette Dew, director of the OSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. Le Ann Sims of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will sing a soloduring the candle lighting.


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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