Clifton Taulbert
"Crossing the Mason-Dixon Line"
one man's journey from the mississippi delta to the rest of the world

The Learning Center, OU-Tulsa, 41st and Yale
No Charge for Attendance; Light Lunch Available for $5, or Bring Your Own (complimentary drinks provided).
For Reservations, call 918-660-3494 or email to Rodger Randle at
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Clifton Taulbert’s voice is being heard around the world as he shares his life story and the possibilities that exist for all of us; through the lectures he gives, and the books he writes. According to Taulbert, now the President and CEO of two companies [The Freemount Corporation and Roots Java Coffee], he could have failed had he not encountered entrepreneurial practitioners and the transforming power of community lived out in his presence by the ordinary people of the Mississippi Delta who surrounded his life; Thus the “Power of Community” becomes part of each talk given and each book written.

His first book would set the stage for the rest of his life for this businessman headed to a career in banking —Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored—the story of his childhood community which was made into an award-winning “Two Thumbs Up” major motion picture of the same title.

Taulbert’s story of community caught the attention of international educators in Germany which started him on an international lecture journey that continues today. The book that took him over twenty years to get published later became a requested gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison.

Now with fourteen books to his credit and a highly sought after lecturer, Taulbert continues to hold the attention of his audiences as he shares his Journey from the Fields of the Delta to podiums throughout the United States and around the World such as: The Library of Congress and Members of the United States Supreme Court as a guest of former Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, Bank of America, Memorial Health Care System, ONEOK-Midstream Pipeline Company, the Department of Defense Leadership Conferences, National NMSDC conferences & state affiliates, Harvard University’s Principals Center, Notre Dame University, the United States Air Force Academy, Yale University, “Ole Miss,” Charles Sturt University[Business School] in Sydney, Australia, National League of Cities, Zone & District Rotary Conferences, International Conferences on Character & Moral Education in China, Mexico and secondary education leadership conferences throughout the United States, Europe and Central America and most recently the Assembly Hall of the United Nations and a guest lecturer and forum facilitator for the International Chair Academy-A College and University Leadership Forum.


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Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture, The University of Oklahoma Tulsa, 4502 East 4st Street, Tulsa, Okla. 74135
Prof. Rodger A. Randle, Director, Phone 1-918-660-3495, Email