Tarleton’s annual MLK Breakfast to feature student as keynote speaker
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast, set Monday, Jan. 20, will feature Nicole Blake Smith, a freshman agricultural service and development major, as keynote speaker. Title of her presentation is “What is your Dream?”
Winner of Tarleton’s fall Town and Gown speech competition., Smith will be honored by Killeen attorney and Tarleton alumnus Gregory Simmons (’86). Simmons was last year’s breakfast speaker.
The free event begins at 7 a.m. in the Tarleton Dining Hall on the Stephenville campus and highlights the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights leader’s 91st birthday. Tarleton’s Chamber Choir will perform.
The community is invited but reservations are required. Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, Jan. 16. Email Darrell Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual event also recognizes National Day of Service, bringing together residents, business leaders and students to reflect on King’s work and legacy. A student-led service project follows the breakfast.
Parking will be available in the lot at Cain and Vanderbilt streets.
Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.