The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture honors one of the first African American attorneys in Tulsa and in Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims of the riot. Working in a tent, because his office and home were destroyed, he represented clients, filed briefs and fought back against the injustice of the riot and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. He won a critical court decision striking down a city ordinance designed to prevent blacks from rebuilding their homes in Tulsa.



Lectures from 2016

Civil Rights in the Post-9/11 Era of Global Conflict and Populism, Sahar F. Aziz

The Force of Implicit Bias: Science & Rhetoric, Jerry Kang

Lectures from 2014

Reading the Great Constitutional Dreambook: Oklahoma and the Origins of Equality, Alfred Brophy

Lectures from 2013

From Diversity to Inclusion Post Grutter and Fisher, Marta Tienda

Lectures from 2012

The Criminal, the Ape, and the Static Being: Three Views of Blacks in the Modern Era, Jennifer Eberhardt

Diversity and Gender Equity in the Profession, Deborah Rhode

Lectures from 2011

Movement Lawyers, Courts, and Social Change, Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Lectures from 2010

2010: A Freedom Odyssey, Connie Rice

Lectures from 2008

Forensic Science and Wrongful Convictions, Brandon L. Garrett