June 23 - Love Won: The Oklahoma Standard
Authors Frank and Cathy Keating join us to discuss their book, Love Won: The Oklahoma Standard from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing. Following the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, drawings and notes of sympathy, encouragement, and hope began pouring in from throughout the United States and the world. These expressions of kindness resonate 25 years later. They remind us that there is far greater good in the world than we sometimes see.
The pages of this book share but a sampling of the thousands of gestures received during the dark days that followed April 19th. It was the outpouring of love from the young that assured Oklahomans that they would survive and their loved ones would never be forgotten.
Out of evil, good came. Love won.
Registration for Discussion = $0
Book = $18.95 (book purchase not required for discussion attendance)
About the Authors
CATHY KEATING is a fourth-generation Oklahoman with a focus on community service.
While First Lady she planned and organized the International Prayer Service and published In Their Name, which was listed on the New York Times bestseller list, following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. She founded Friends of the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion, Septemberfest, and the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, as well starting the tradition of an annual Oklahoma ornament. She raised private funds to build the Phillips Pavilion on Governor’s Mansion grounds and conceived and implemented a grounds management program for female inmates to learn a marketable job skill.
Keating has received the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award, Tom Brokaw’s “People of the Week” Honor, the David and Sybil Yurman Foundation’s “Thoroughbred” Award, been inducted to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Hall of Fame, and named an “Outstanding Southerner” in Southern Living Magazine.
FRANK KEATING grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.
His 30-year career in law enforcement and public service included service as an FBI agent, U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor, and Oklahoma House and Senate member, including service as a Republican senate leader. He served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice, and Housing departments.
As Governor, Keating won national acclaim in 1995 for his compassionate and professional handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. In the aftermath of the tragedy, he raised more than six million dollars to fund scholarships for the nearly 200 children left with only one or no parents.
Keating currently serves as a regent for the University of Oklahoma and lives with his wife Cathy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They have three children and eleven grandchildren.