2018 Keynote Speaker Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr.


President, Langston University

 Kent J. Smith, Jr. was named 16th President of Langston University by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical Colleges on January 19, 2012. He assumed office on June 4, 2012 and serves as Professor of Education.

Heralded by his contemporaries as a student-focused, deeply committed dynamic leader, Smith brings with him the experience and potential to take Oklahoma’s only historically black institution of higher education to the next level of academic excellence and national preeminence.

Prior to coming to Langston University, Smith served as the Vice President for Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officer and Assistant Professor of Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is a former Dean of Students at Auburn University in Alabama, Director Of Multicultural Affairs at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and was an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University. While an Adjunct Professor of Education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, he was an Assistant Director of Black Student Services.

A Louisiana native, Smith earned a Bachelor Of Science in Secondary Education, a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, and a Doctorate in Education And Human Resources Studies, with a concentration in Educational Administration And Student Affairs, from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

List of Previous Speakers


Maryum Ali, Performer and Human Services Activist


Bob Zellner, Civil Rights activist
2015 Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
2014 Dick Gregory, Civil Rights activist and comedian
2013 Myrlie Evers-Williams, Civil Rights activist, first female chairperson of the NAACP
2012 Andrew Young, US Ambassador, Congressman, Mayor of Atlanta and Co-Founding Principal and Chairman of Goodworks International
2011 Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, political commentator and educator
2010 Kweisi Mfume, political and business leader
2009 Dr. Nikki Giovanni, poet, author, essayist and professor
2008 Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus, The Riverside Church; President and Founder, Healing of the Nations Foundation
2007 Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Co-Founder, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
2006 Julian Bond, Chairman, NAACP
2005 Juan Williams, Author, Columnist, NPR Host
2004 Dr. Scott Ellsworth, Author, "Death in a Promised Land..."
2003 *Rep. Opio Toure, Oklahoma State Representative
2002 Hon. Fred R. Harris, Former US Senator, Member of "The Group"
2001 Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen, Sr., Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church
2000 W.A. Drew Edmondson, Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma
1999 Ms. Diane Nash, Student Leader of the Non-violent Civil Rights Movement of te 1960s
1998 Rev. Dr. James Lawson, Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California
1997 Mr. Morris Dees, Co-Founder, Southern Law Poverty Center, Montgomery, Alabama
1996 *Rev. Wade Watts, Pastor, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Oklahoma City
1995 *Dr. Ernest Holloway, President, Langston University
1994 *Ms. Clara Luper, Oklahoma Civil Rights Leader, Oklahoma City
1993 Dr. Cynthia Hale, Pastor, Atlanta, Georgia
1992 *Dr. Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, University of Oklahoma Board of Regents
1991 *The Honorable Hannah Atkins, Oklahoma Secretary of State, 1987-1991
1990 Brig. Gen. Frank L. Miller, Jr., Commander, III Corps Artillery, Fort Sill
1989 Dr. George Henderson, Department of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma
1988 *Rev. JL Davenport, Pastor, St. John's Baptist Church
1987 Dr. Melvin Todd, Vice President, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
1986 Rev. Gregory Wilson Jones, Pastor, Frederick, OK
1985 Dr. Valree Wynn, Emeritus Cameron Faculty

*Denotes deceased

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