Millican testifies on Capitol Hill

OC board chair Don Millican and actress Jennifer Garner testified before a U.S. House subcommittee about early childhood education. Photo by Susan Walsh, AP.
OC board chair Don Millican and actress Jennifer Garner testified before a U.S. House subcommittee about early childhood education. Photo by Susan Walsh, AP.

Invoking chapter 58 of the Book of Isaiah, Oklahoma Christian University board chair Don Millican spoke to a congressional committee on behalf of the George Kaiser Family Foundation on the importance of funding early childhood programs, particularly those targeted to low-income families.

“It tells me all of my religious practices are worthless if I do not break the yoke of oppression. In my opinion, there is no greater yoke of oppression than that laid upon a child born in generational poverty — a child who did not choose the circumstances of his or her birth,” said Millican, chief financial officer of Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. and board member for Tulsa Educare.

Tulsa represented two of the four positions on the panel before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which is led by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma.

Also featured were Steven Dow, executive director of the Community Action Project of Tulsa, which administers the local federal Head Start grant; actress Jennifer Garner, representing Save the Children; and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, professor of child development and education at Columbia University.

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