Race Relations Committee Update

COL Race Relations Committee

Published 6/24/20

At the Lawton City Council meeting on 6/23/20, Councilwoman Onreka Johnson gave an update on the City of Lawton's Race Relations Committee. Johnson serves as the chair of the organizing council committee. Below is a summarization of the purpose of the Race Relations Commission, as shared by Johnson:

Purpose: To identify racial barriers, promote racial unity and work with community partners to provide solutions for change.

Vision: To move into a direction whereby the City of Lawton and community partners create a community where everyone feels included by creating a foundation that our future leaders, our children, can work together and build upon. 

Mission: To have a community where every everyone feels they are treated with fairness by having equitable opportunities for growth and access tools for success.


  1. There will be an informational meeting set for those who are interested in the participating on the member commission.
  2. There will be an application process that will be reviewed by the committee and members will appointed by the Mayor.
  3. Members should have the interest, time and energy.
  4. An interview board is currently in the process of being appointed.

The Commission

  1. Will provide updates on progress, information and recommendations to the City Council
  2. Be responsible for developing and ensuring the implementation specific action plans
  3. Establish collaborative partnerships to:
    • Host Forums/Workshops/Community Conversations
      • For the purpose of identifying racially related concerns, issues and challenges in the community with the intention of identifying solutions
    • ​​​​​​​Build On the Positive
      • ​​​​​​​Collaborate with community based groups, agencies and organizations to help identify issues and seek out solutions to racially challenges in our community
    • ​​​​​​​Awareness and Skill
      • ​​​​​​​Link citizens and children to resources in the community to help meet individual needs to maintain and or obtain success
    • Engage Cultures
      • Host cultural competency and sensitivity community workshops with the focus on race relations

More information regarding the City of Lawton's Race Relation Commission will be provided once made available.


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