Jackson, Loretta Young 2000

Add another rare honor to the resume of Loretta Y. Blunt Jackson, ‘84. Her induction to the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame brings her this distinctive honor: she’s the first person to earn both the Young Alumni Award (1993) and the Hall of Fame medallion (2000). Jackson is a member of the USAO Board of Regents, one of a dozen appointments she has served on state and national levels in education, civic causes and politics. She is widely known as the most decorated black woman in Oklahoma history. Last year she was named to the Democrat Women’s Hall of Fame. She is one of Chickasha’s — and Oklahoma’s — most active and outspoken leaders in public issues. Recently Jackson was honored for 40 years of service to the Democratic Party. She was inducted at the 31st state convention of the Oklahoma Federation of Democrat Women’s Clubs. Jackson earned a “Demmy” award for service to the state party (1985), served as secretary-treasurer to the state party (1983-87), and was named to President Jimmy Carter’s Conference on Black Community Concerns (1979). She has held 28 positions or honors through the past four decades in local, county, state and national politics. Among the many firsts in her career, Jackson was the first woman to serve on the State Banking Board, where she continued from 1980-94. She serves on the National Education Foundation Board of Directors and is past president of the American Association of University Women. In 1994, she was recognized for Outstanding Instruction and Contributions to the Business and Industry Training Programs by Canadian Valley Technology Center.

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