Real estate broker, educator, civic leader and 1984 USAO graduate Loretta Y. Jackson recently learned that she will be included in the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society Members Today publication.
Jackson, a life member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration/sociology.She complied with all the requirements of the constitution and statutes pertaining to membership in the international honor society in social science and was elected to the Oklahoma Epsilon Chapter at USAO in 1981.
Jackson was a regent at USAO from 1994-2001 – serving one year as chairperson. She served on the board of the USAO Foundation, Inc. for ten years – serving as chairperson from 1992-93. She was the first person to receive both the Young Alumni Award (1993) and the Alumni Hall of Fame (2000).
She was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s conference on Black Community Concerns in 1979. She was the first woman to serve on the Oklahoma State Banking Board from 1980-1994.
Jackson received the Governor’s Commendation for extraordinary service, commitment and contribution made to enrich the lives of all Oklahomans and received the Midwestern Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s 2010 Community Service Award. She is a graduate of the Leadership Chickasha and Leadership Oklahoma Class III.
She initiated the African American Museum/One Room School Project and served on the committee for the play School Days. The Museum/One Room School Project, the play and the Chickasha’s and Grady County’s African American Heritage and Cultural pictorial history book were accepted as official 2007 Oklahoma Centennial Project and Events. Jackson also was included as one of the Uncrowned Queens of Oklahoma for the 2007 Oklahoma Centennial Celebration and received a Commendation from Governor Brad Henry.
Jackson is recognized for her leadership from the grassroots level to the state and national level in education, political and civic causes and for more than forty years has been documenting the history of African Americans in Chickasha and Grady County. She has written two African American pictorial history books of Chickasha and Grady County and was the executive producer of three television documentaries.
Jackson is a three-time Hall of Famer and was listed five times as Who’s Who, to include Who’s Who of American Women, 17th Edition, and the World’s Who’s Who of Women in 1984.
Jackson and her daughter Cynthia W. Anderson are lifetime members of the USAO Alumni Association and First Families of the Twin Territories of Oklahoma.