Honored for helping to prevent terrorism through education and community awareness, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum (OKCNMM) received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award on April 15, 2016.
For more than two decades, the FBI has publically recognized the achievements of individuals and organizations for their vital work in helping to build stronger, safer and more cohesive communities. On behalf of the Memorial & Museum, Executive Director Kari Watkins accepted this award in Washington, D.C. at the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building.
The award highlighted the Memorial & Museum’s mission to educate about the impact of violence, as well as advocate for violence prevention. The Memorial & Museum is doing this through their enhanced Museum and new Inasmuch Foundation Uncover-Discover Lab. Cortina Productions is fortunate to be involved as media producers for both projects.
Furthermore, the Memorial & Museum’s leadership was integral in passing legislation to ensure that the Oklahoma City bombing is taught in all U.S. history classes throughout Oklahoma. “The Museum helps to prevent terrorism through education and community awareness,” said FBI Director James Comey.
While in D.C., Kari Watkins was also able to meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. The president personally congratulated Watkins for the Memorial & Museum receiving the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. A letter written by the president was read a few days later at the 21st anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award – Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
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