Since 1991, Anita Arnold, has served as Executive Director of BLAC, Inc. Ms. Arnold is a former executive of the U.S. Postal Service where she had responsibility for national information systems for Real Estate and Buildings of the Postal Service. She was the second highest level female Postal Service executive in the country.
Ms. Arnold is a retired district manager of AT&T Consumer Products where she managed a $1.6 billion product line of purchased data products and is owner of Investment Brokerage Company and Argos Properties. She is the recipient of the coveted Governor’s Arts Award and the Pathmakers of Oklahoma City/County Award. She was a member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Committee for three years. She received the 2010 Oklahoma Human Rights A ward. She is author of six cultural history books, Charlie and the Deuce, Legendary Times and Tales of Second Street, The Charlie Christian Photo Album, Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond, Charlie Christian- 100 Year Legacy, and Oklahoma City’s African American Education.
Other distinguished achievements include: Member of the Democratic Site Selection Committee for the 1988 Democratic Convention held in Atlanta, GA. Member of task force that created the AT&T Foundation in 1984. Appointed by Mayor Ron Norick to serve on task force to create the Oklahoma National Memorial and served as Co-chair of the Archives Committee. She is founder of the AT&T employee organization, The Alliance, established in 1983 that has a membership of over 10,000 members nationwide. Ms. Arnold is one of the Uncrowned Queens of Oklahoma and was instrumental in the publication of this book of statewide “sheroes.” In 2012, she was selected as Multi-Cultural Citizen of the Year by the Multi-Cultural Institute of Oklahoma and is a recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma State 2012 Creative Women of Oklahoma Award.
Her humanitarian efforts are both noted and unknown. They include raising funds to buy four pianos and sixty band instruments for the music department of Frederick A. Douglass High School. Ms. Arnold used her influence to get many pieces of valuable art donated to Douglass High School from another Douglass graduate of renown, Melvin R. Smith of St. Paul, MN. She is raising funds to purchase at least 3,500 copies of the 2015 Jan/Feb issue of Oklahoma Today, a special African American issue so that every child in M. L. King, Cesar Chavez, Dove and Wilson Elementary schools has a copy to take home. As a visionary, Anita sees the opportunity to build relationships, improve the state image, improve the African American image in Oklahoma, provide historical and present heroes for children and families, improve African American students’ achievements, and much more. She often visits sick and elderly people to comfort them while extending a helping hand to do whatever she can to show that they are loved. She explains it this way, ” I would want someone to do those things for me.” She is blessed and she knows it.
Selflessness is a life style for her. She believes one should be kind to everyone. She is the mother of three very successful children who attended college and graduated with several degrees. She is the grandmother of seven, of which one graduated from college, another is in college and two granddaughters that are Presidential Scholars who have been honored and recognized by President Barack Obama and headed to college.