Curtis L. Lawson

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Curtis L. Lawson (1935–2008) was an American state politician from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1964 he was one of the first three African Americans elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives since A. C. Hamlin in 1908.[1][2]

Lawson represented a district in Tulsa from 1965 to 1969. He was an advocate for civil rights legislation,[3] and also introduced a controversial abortion rights bill in 1967.[4] After his legislative service he encountered legal difficulties, including serving a prison term for embezzlement (for which he was later pardoned).[5][6][7]

He is featured in the Oklahoma History Center's One Man One Vote exhibit.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Mick Hinton, "Young, minority lawmakers highlight changes", Tulsa World, February 4, 2007  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  2. ^ Richard M. Bernard; Bradley R. Rice (23 June 2014). Sunbelt Cities: Politics and Growth since World War II. University of Texas Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-292-76982-3. 
  3. ^ Paul English, "Major civil rights gain seen for state", Lawton Constitution, January 7, 1968—via open access publication – free to read.
  4. ^ Jeremy Bonner (2008). The Road to Renewal: Victor Joseph Reed and Oklahoma Catholicism, 1905-1971. CUA Press. pp. 2192–2193. ISBN 978-0-8132-1507-5. 
  5. ^ Donnelle Eller, "Health clinic ex-board member indicted", Tulsa World, July 11, 1991; Julie DelCour, "Jury Finds Former Morton Official Guilty of 2 Crimes", Tulsa World, October 25, 1991.
  6. ^ Ray Gibson, "Judge assails law firm for court 'fraud'", Chicago Tribune, March 3, 1983.
  7. ^ "Former Solon Claims Cruel Lockup", Lawton Constitution, February 8, 1973—via open access publication – free to read.

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