The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma celebrates 100 years old. In a press release issued by the organization, they stated, “This special anniversary celebration only happens once. Join the League of Women Voters at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City as they commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Oklahoma women winning the right to vote.  

The event, “100 Years: Women Building a More Perfect Democracy,” will take place in the beautiful Devon Great Hall on Nov. 8. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception featuring a historical fashion show and other exhibits provided by the Oklahoma History Center.”

Edmond residents Dr. Nyla Ali Khan and Joan Korenblit of the Respect Diversity Foundation are two of the 37 living honorees who will be recognized that evening.

Khan is on the faculty at Rose State College, a former Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Khan is the author of three critically acclaimed books, including “The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism”, and the editor of a collection of essays on Kashmir. She is a native of Kashmir, and a native speaker of the Kashmir language. 

Khan is the recipient of the 2017 Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance Award, and she is on the advisory council of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She gives public lectures on thinking through historical issues, women’s rights, restitution of democracy and human rights, and youth empowerment across the country. Recently, Khan was the keynote speaker at Groovefest, the only human rights music festival in Oklahoma.

Korenblit is co-founder of the Respect Diversity Foundation (RDF) which has a speaker’s bureau of human rights activists, civil rights leaders, Holocaust educators, and others who lead seminars and workshops. Since its founding in 2000, RDF has worked with more than 380,000 students, teachers and adults. 

Korenblit co-founded The Young Writer’s Contest Foundation, a nation-wide contest that inspired thousands of students to write. Among her published books are teacher’s guides to teach writing. Korenblit has received numerous prestigious awards. In November Joan and Michael, her husband, will receive the Oklahoma Conference of Churches’ Interfaith Award.