History Speaks

Planned and executed by Assistant Dean of Students Gary Jones, OC launched History Speaks in February 2014. Since then, history has come alive with speakers like Andrew Young, Diane Nash, John Carlos & Tommie Smith, and more!

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History Speaks 2015

Gary Jones

History Speaks Visionary

Assistant Dean of Students

History Speaks brings civil rights icons to campus. Each year Gary invites well-known activists to speak to sold out crowds about the importance of love, respect and learning from others. History Speaks is Gary's legacy.

Gary Jones History Speaks

The First His­to­ry Speaks

The Little Rock Nine

OC was proud to host two champions of school integration, Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts, for History Speaks: Little Rock Nine in 2014. President deSteiguer had the opportunity to sit down with Carlotta Walls LaNier to discuss her journey through desegregation and her passion for education.

Local News on the Pop­u­lar Event

Newspaper and television reporters enjoy the opportunity to meet and speak with civil rights activists who were present, involved and leading the events in our history books. They then share the highly impactful experience with their audiences.

The Oklahoman

Emmett Till's cousin to speak at OC

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KOCO5 News

Little Rock 9 speak to 1,300 at Oklahoma Christian University

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OKC Fox

Andrew Young visits Oklahoma to speak about his role in the civil rights movement

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Tulsa World

History Speaks: Cousin shares story, impact of Emmett Till's death

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Edmond Sun

Oklahoma Christian presents historic civil rights leaders

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The Oklahoman

Andrew Young, MLK contemporary, will speak at Oklahoma Christian

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The Talon

Civil rights activist brings personal message to History Speaks

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News on 6

Oklahoma Christian University To Host Civil Rights Pioneers

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Past Civ­il Rights Champions

Andrew Young

2019

Oklahoma Christian University welcomed Ambassador Andrew Young as special guest for our annual History Speaks event. Ambassador Young sat down with President John deSteiguer to talk about the powerful influence of small colleges, civil rights, life with Martin Luther King, Jr., President Carter, voter registration and encounters with the Ku Klux Klan.

Wheel­er Park­er Jr.

2018

Wheeler returned to Mississippi with his grandfather, Moses Wright during the summer 1955. Traveling with him was his 14 year old cousin Emmett Till. The events of that week changed his life forever. He sat down with President John deSteiguer to discuss life surrounding that incident.

Diane Nash

2017

A Chicago native who had never experienced segregation in public accommodations before moving to the South, Diane Nash went on to become one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee—the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters as well as one of the founding students of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee.

Diane Nash History Speaks 2017

Tom­mie Smith & John Carlos

2016

Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos spoke at Oklahoma Christian University’s 2016 History Speaks program. During their visit, OC President John deSteiguer sat down with the civil rights icons to talk about their decision to silently speak out against injustice, as they stood with Olympic gold and bronze medals around their neck in Mexico City.

Claudette Colvin & Fred Gray

2015

Civil Rights Pioneers Fred Gray and Claudette Colvin visited Oklahoma Christian on February 9, 2015. Gray was the attorney for MLK and others. At age 15, Colvin was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation. We were honored to have heard their stories of courage.