Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022
About Rose Day
Each year, hundreds gather at the Capitol at the beginning of the new legislative session to promote and support the lives of unborn babies by meeting with their state senators and representatives and presenting them red roses, which represent the sanctity of the unborn. Attendees are encouraged to present roses to their representative, senator, Lieutenant Governor and Governor.
Keynote Speaker: Kay C. James
Kay C. James has served as the president of The Heritage Foundation, America’s premier conservative think tank, since 2018. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and raised in her early years in Richmond’s housing projects to a single mother in the segregated South, Mrs. James was one of the first children to take part in a historic experiment to desegregate Virginia’s all-white schools. She would go on to achieve the American dream, graduating from the historically black Hampton University; serving four U.S. presidents; dining with princes, prime ministers, and other world leaders. Before becoming president of Heritage, Mrs. James was a lifelong grassroots activist who unapologetically fought for conservative, American values at the local, state, and national level. A devout Christian, her experience growing up in poverty with a mother on welfare and an alcoholic father played a profound role in fundamentally shaping her views on the importance of family and religion, the value of education, the need for welfare reform, and the repeated failure of well-intentioned government programs, especially in America’s urban communities.
An ardent pro-lifer, she was drawn to the life issue out of a desire to protect society’s most vulnerable. She worked for several pro-life organizations and served as the chief spokesperson for the National Right to Life Committee in the 1980s. She even opened her own crisis pregnancy center and counseled young women against abortion. Mrs. James was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and then reappointed by President George H.W. Bush to the National Commission on Children, an advisory body on children’s issues. She also served under President Bush as associate director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and as assistant secretary for public affairs at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Following her time in the George H.W. Bush administration, Virginia Gov. George Allen appointed her as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources. In 2001, Mrs. James was appointed director of the U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) by President George W. Bush and led a department of 3,600 employees. In 2016, a fourth U.S. president turned to her for assistance. President-elect Donald Trump asked her to serve as a senior advisor on his presidential transition team.
She has served on a wide array of boards and commissions. As a commentator, lecturer, and policy leader, she appears on numerous national news and talk programs, and her opinion pieces appear in newspapers across the country. She is the author of three books about personal success and growth: her award-winning autobiography, Never Forget (1994); Transforming America from the Inside Out (1995); and What I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Married (2001). She is the wife of Charles James, Sr., and the proud mother of three grown children and five grandchildren.
Previous Rose Day Videos
Contact Governer Kevin Stitt
Contact Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell
In order to be effective in influencing legislation, the right people must be contacted in the right way. Always be polite and identify:
Who you are, where you live, your address, and your phone number
Thank you for speaking up for the unborn!
Rose Day News Articles
Despite being virtual, "Rose Day" hopes to make a difference
January 30, 2021
Rose Day is a faith-based initiative, galvanizing hundreds of Oklahomans of faith each year to flock to the state Capitol to urge their legislators to support anti-abortion legislation. The event is open to the public regardless of faith tradition, but the anti-abortion program is by and large a Christian event.
Rose Day (Feb. 3) moved to online/virtual only event
January 13, 2021
Leaders with the Rose Day Pro-Life Rally, the largest annual pro-life event in Oklahoma, today announced their 2021 rally will take place as a virtual event on Feb. 3, instead of taking place at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
The online event will present a video livestream beginning at 11:30 a.m. at roseday.life, which will feature remarks from various pro-life leaders. Also, the virtual event will offer resources designed to help pro-life Oklahomans make an impact on public policy, ministry, prayer efforts and more.
Rose Day Member Organizations
Catholic Charities Adoption & Pregnancy
Center of Family Love
Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma
Hope Pregnancy Centers
Knights of Columbus
OBHC, One Such Child
Oklahomans For Life
Pregnancy Resource Network
Additional Pro-Life Organizations
Americans United for Life
Go Life Mobile
Life for All International
OBHC, Children's Hope
Oklahoma Faith Leaders
Willow Pregnancy Support
Previous Rose Day Speakers
The Rose Day Pro-Life Rally has featured numerous leaders within the pro-life movement and faith community through the years, including the following:
2021 Abby Johnson, pro-life spokeswoman and former Planned Parenthood center director
2019 Jen Bricker-Bauer, Author, Aerialist, Speaker
2018 Alveda C. King, niece of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2017 Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastor & former Southern Baptist Convention President
2016 Dr. Anthony Jordan, retired Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Executive Director-Treasurer
2015 Melissa Ohden, abortion survivor
2014 Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
2013 Lila Rose, pro-life activist and President of Live Action
2012 Abby Johnson, pro-life spokeswoman and former Planned Parenthood center director
Other Rose Day speakers include Norma McCorvey (from the Roe v. Wade case), abortion survivor Gianna Jensen and Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.
Rose Day Comittee
- Lisa Billy
- Kevin Calvey
- Brett Farley
Catholic Conference of Oklahoma
- Gayla White
Hope Pregnancy Ministries
- Candy Hines
- Brian Hobbs
- Robin Jones
Creative Community Engagement
- Tony Lauinger
Chairman Oklahomans for Life
- Catherine Howe
Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services
- Heather Hails
Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services
- Nellie Sanders
Center of Family Love
- Mistie Swinford
- Brian Smith
- Dierdre McCool
Butterfield Memorial Foundation