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History Speaks

Oklahoma Christian University has proudly hosted History Speaks since 2014. During that time such civil rights legends as Fred Grey, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Diane Nash have shared their experience and wisdom with the OC Community.

Cheryl Brown Henderson 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

KOCO5 News

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


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

Tulsa World

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

Norman Transcript

Oklahoma Christian presents historic civil rights leaders

The Oklahoman

Andrew Young, MLK contemporary, will speak at Oklahoma Christian

The Talon

Civil rights activist brings personal message to History Speaks

News on 6

Oklahoma Christian University To Host Civil Rights Pioneers

KOCO5 News

Hear from a civil rights icon on Sunday as part of Oklahoma Christian University's Black History Month activities

The Oklahoman

Raymond Santana of 'Central Park Five' to speak at OC

The Oklahoman

'Bloody Sunday' civil rights activist is focus of Oklahoma Christian University event

The Oklahoman

Oklahoma Christian University's History Speaks series continues Feb. 7

KOCO5 News

Oklahoma Christian University welcomes civil rights activist to speak at annual event

Past Civil Rights Champions

Cheryl Brown Henderson History Speaks

Cheryl Brown Henderson


Cheryl Brown Henderson the daughter of Rev. Oliver Brown and a direct beneficiary of the notable court case, Brown v. Board of Education. Now carrying on her father's legacy, she continues to educate people on the importance of education, truth and self worth.

On February 7, 2022, she shared her story for the 9th History Speaks event at Oklahoma Christian University.

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JoAnne Bland


JoAnne Bland was arrested 13 times by the age of 11 and was one of the youngest participants in Bloody Sunday and the walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Since then, she's become a freedom fighter, a civil rights champion, telling her story to students, parents, teachers - anyone who will listen.

The 8th History Speaks had it's unique challenges, taking place during COVID-19. So, Gary Jones brought History Speaks to living rooms. We were blessed to meet her on site in Selma, Alabama for a reinvented History Speaks.

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Raymond Santana


Five innocent kids were wrongly charged, convicted and imprisoned for an attack and rape in New York City's Central Park. They served out their sentences before they were finally exonerated. Raymond Santana visited OC to tell his story of recovery, reconciliation and the need for change.

Andrew Young


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.


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.

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Diane Nash


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.

Tommie Smith & John Carlos


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


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.