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18 Oct 2018

OIC of America affiliates from around the country convene in Philadelphia for three-day reunion

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October 18, 2018 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  OIC Officials attending the event– From left: Gene Blue, Arizona OIC; Michael Calabrese, Clark County OIC; Thomasenia Cotton, former OICA president; and James C. Haynes, OICA president and board chair.   (Photos: Courtesy OIC)


OIC is family!–James C. Haynes, OICA president and board chair with Sister Sledge’s Kathy Sledge who gave a surprise performance of “We Are Family” for the OIC family.

OIC of America (OICA) and its affiliates convened in Philadelphia from October 15 -October 17 for  a milestone reunion and celebration of the enduring legacy of OIC founder, Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan. The reunion will also demonstrate the resurgence of OICA’s  national presence. 

The multi-day event was held at the Wyndham Philadelphia  Hotel.  James C. Haynes, OICA president and board chair said, “It is compelling that this organization has grown and thrived to include 34 affiliates in 22 states, with some attendees traveling from as far as Seattle, Washington.

We are excited about recognizing the continued relevance and foresight of our founder, Rev. Sullivan. 

Happy birthday Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan! — October 16th would have been the 96th birthday of the renowned civil rights leader and social activist and founder of OIC.

His vision to create an organization to “Help People Help Themselves” has existed for more than half a century, continues to live on, and has trained and educated millions of men and women from all walks of life and ethnicities across the country, ensuring [that] they become productive members of society and the American workforce.”

Next week’s cover story of the SUN will recap the three day event.

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