Poteau native to speak at Montgomery banquet Saturday

Sue Ann Arnall
Ken Milam
News Editor

Poteau native and activist Sue Ann Arnall is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the sixth annual Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship Banquet on Saturday [Aug. 26, 2017] in Poteau.

Montgomery helped organize the local NNACP and was instrumental in ending segregation and bridging racial gaps in the mid 1900s, according to Wesley Hooks, president of the LeFlore County NAACP.

Arnall is an energy industry veteran, achieving several milestones in her years with Continental Resources Inc.

She retired from the corporate world and founded the Arnall Family Foundation, focusing on prison reform, foster children and animal welfare. In the last year, Arnall donated some $30 million and is committed to donating more than $150 million in the next five years. She is especially interested in lowering the incarceration rate for African American men, according the banquet announcement.

She also ran a successful campaign against the so-called Right to Farm amendment last year.

Arnall is a Poteau High School graduate with a bachelor's in economics and law degree from the University of Tulsa. She is a member of The Giving Pledge, and Oklahoma Bar Association and serves on the boards of directors for the OK Humane Society, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and the University of Tulsa.

Banquet tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 17 and younger. Corporate tables also are available.

For information, tickets or to make contributions, contact Hooks at (479) 420-3721. Tickets also are available at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.