About Us

6:30 – 11 pm Friday, February 20, 2015
On Film Row, 700 W. Sheridan in Oklahoma City

The Ralph Ellison Festival exists to celebrate and honor the life, work, and legacy of Oklahoma City native and acclaimed author Ralph Ellison. With our festival, we seek to establish a yearly forum of art, music, and literature designed to raise consciousness in Oklahoma about Ellison—arguably the state’s most significant literary pioneer—but also to celebrate the work of local artists under a unifying, multicultural banner worthy of Ellison’s ideals. As he wrote, “America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many.” Ellison also wrote, “the world is a possibility if only you’ll discover it.” Maybe we could find the same to be true of Oklahoma? We dare to dream.
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