We’re honored to welcome Wheeler Parker, Jr. to campus for History Speaks 2018.
Born in Slaughter, Mississippi in 1939 – Wheeler Parker’s family relocated to Chicago in 1947 with the hope of providing better living conditions and education for their children. Wheeler returned to Mississippi with his grandfather, Moses Wright during the summer of 1955. Traveling with them was Parker’s 14-year-old cousin, Emmett Till. The events of that week in Mississippi changed their lives forever. The night of terror when Emmett was taken from the Wright home and murdered, sending Wheeler home to Chicago alone and in fear for his own life, still causes him to tremble and weep.
Join us February 19th at 7pm for Parker’s first-hand account of an event that sparked the civil rights movement — an event that Time Magazine said: “Changed The World.”
Reserve your free lecture tickets at oc.edu/historyspeaks.