Lyon College is proud to announce the Dr. John Beineke Convocation

Lyon College is proud to announce the Dr. John Beineke Convocation.  The convocation will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 in Nucor Auditorium. Dr. Beineke is a Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Curriculum and also Professor of History at Arkansas State University.  Beineke has been a public school teacher, college professor, foundation program director, and university administrator.  He will be speaking on his book Going Over the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey.

Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey is the biography of a true pioneer of the Civil Rights movement. Oatess Archey broke numerous barriers in the areas of athletics, public education, coaching, higher education, law enforcement, and politics. Archey went over multiple racial and social "hurdles" in his life to become a leader in these diverse fields.  His achievements, in addition to being a state-record-holding high hurdler, include breaking  the color line in professions such teaching and coaching in his home town of Marion, Ind.,  college coaching, being one of the first 100 black F.B.I. agents, and election as the first black sheriff in the 185 year history of the state of Indiana. In his first months as sheriff, the Indiana Ku Klux Klan protested his election on the court house square.  This was the same county where in 1930 two black teenagers were taken from the county jail and lynched by a mob. Archey's story is one of leadership, perseverance, talent, and service to his community and country.