James Stewart, Sr.

Inducted: 1997

JAMES STEWART, SR. (1912-1997) became a columnist for the Black Dispatch in Oklahoma City in 1939 and continued for 33 years, later writing editorials for the paper. A pillar in the civil rights movement, Stewart did a great deal to promote greater equality in Oklahoma City, the state and the nation. He was active in many of the community’s civic organizations. Rising from janitor to vice president, he retired in 1977 from a career at Oklahoma Natural Gas Company.