Thursday, January 31, 2013

MLK celebration

On January 29, 2013, the office of Diversity and Inclusion organized an exquisite dinner for Tarleton family to celebrate the MLK day. The event was attended by students, faculty as well as many staff members. Dr. Lora Helvie Mason, the director of Diversity and Inclusion, kicked off the celebration by welcoming the guests. The event was very inspiring and motivating as it reminded everyone of Dr. King’s contributions and how we can incorporate his ideas in our life to bring a positive change in society and to fight the three evils namely, poverty, racism and war.

The event also showcased a beautiful typographic art piece depicting Dr. King’s portrait made by Mr. Lewis Straughter who is a member of ODI’s MENtal freedom program. Lewis shared his reflection on Dr. King’s life and introduced the keynote speaker, Mr. Eddie Francis. Eddie Francis is the director of communications at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. He is a public relations and mass communications professional and speaker, who was born, raised and educated in New Orleans. He shared his thoughts and experiences on the significance of Dr. King’s contributions.

The guests were tweeting continuously about how motivating the event was. It definitely left everyone thinking about how they can learn from Dr. King’s beliefs to make this world a better place.

- Somya G., Multicultural Ambassador

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