Sergeant Melvin Morris, Speaker at Dunbar All-School Reunion

Retired U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Melvin Morris, Okmulgee's only Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Alumni of the former Dunbar High School met in Okmulgee over the weekend for their Biannual All-School Reunion, according to Valerie Rice, Okmulgee News Network.

Approximately 150 graduates from across the United States arrived last weekend, including Okmulgee native, Retired U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class, Melvin Morris.

Okmulgee's only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Sgt. Morris was the guest speaker for the banquet. He spoke about growing up in Okmulgee, and how proud he was to represent the city and state at the White House, says Rice.

72-year-old Sgt. Morris, received the nation's highest military honor March 18 in Washington D.C. He was one of 24 veterans honored from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Twenty-one of the honorees are deceased.

The medals were reportedly given after a 12-year review of records of men with minority backgrounds who were believed to have been overlooked for the Medal due to racial and/or religious prejudice.

Dunbar High School was Okmulgee's former African-American School. It was integrated with Okmulgee High School for the 1969-1970 school year.

Sgt. Morris also was scheduled to speak at the Okmulgee Lions Club, Tuesday afternoon.