Del Williams


Oklahoma Appints First Black Criminal Appeals Court Judge

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David B. Lewis, 47, became the first African American appointed to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday, September 28, 2005. Appointed by Governor Brad Henry, Judge Lewis was overcome with emotion as he was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert. Justice Colbert was the first black to be appointed to the Supreme Court in Oklahoma.
Surrounded by family and 100 well wishers, Lewis and Colbert, was reminiscent of the year that Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won the Lead actor awards. There were speeches, screams of delight, and finally a court that reflects the people.

My biggest desire is the day when minorities will stop having to be the “first” at something. It should not matter in an intelligent society, but I am not na├»ve enough to believe that it does not. Thankfully, in my lifetime I have seen the ceiling shatter in the highest offices in the land, and I look forward to more. Maybe I will shatter a few myself. The Nobel Peace Prize is tempting.
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