TRIBUTES TO MR. MARVIN BLADES
Oklahoma Senator Kevin Mathews
Marvin Blades Sr. was a leader of leaders a Man among Men, and a "Walk the Walk" person everyday. President Blades believed that it was our job to love, care for and correct our own, and not leave it to others. His leadership will be sorely missed.
Keith Miller 100BMOT member keeping the dream through the Marvin Blades Golf Classic.
IN THE WORDS OF CECELIA BLADES
Marvin worked with our youth for as long as I have known him and has displayed unwavering dedication and total commitment in believing in our young ones.
During his 30+ years with the Tulsa Police Dept., Marvin was a co-Instructor (with Bobby Gahagan) with the Tulsa Police Athletic Program as a Karate Instructor. This meant long days at work and even longer evenings and week-ends for Karate practice and tournaments. But Marvin didn’t mind, he wanted the children to have an outlet, something positive to look forward to that would promote discipline and self-worth, along with skill.
After retiring from TPD, Marvin started working immediately for Tulsa Public Schools (TPS). I wanted him to take a break, a vacation, or just a breather before starting at TPS, but my suggestion fell on deaf ears. Marvin was eager to get on the front line with the children…on their level. Most of us know, he didn’t just talk the talk…..he walked the walk. His main focus was on our ‘at risk’ youth and Marvin did all he could to challenge, inspire, and encourage them to realize their highest potential. He was so passionate about coming up with ideas to engage, enlighten and encourage our youth and this was carried on to his position as President of the 100 BMOT.
Marvin spent many, MANY, countless nights and early mornings on the computer conveying wisdom, thoughts, interchanges, and just general information to any and everybody on his e-mail list about the mentoring, marching, community involvement and other activities of 100 BMOT.
He locked up our personal e-mail several times and our provider would say “stop sending mass e-mails!”.
But it was OK, because he wanted to involve the community and I have had many people tell me that they miss those communications.
Marvin toiled with finding solutions and answers to the problems surrounding our children and our community and he tried to be the positive influence and role model that our youth needed to see.
“WHAT THEY SEE IS WHAT THEY’LL BE”
It was his passion, it was his life. Job well done, Marvin…..you and your works in this community will be greatly missed!
100 Black Men President Eddie Evans said, "Marvin through his on work, or with the 100 Black Men of Tulsa, made it his mission in life to insure our children were safe, successful and able to sustain themselves."
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Mavin Blades Talked the Talk & Walked the Walk.