Annual MLK Dinner slated for Jan. 29

Eddie Francis

Tarleton State University

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 29, to celebrate the life of the late civil rights leader.

The dinner event, slated from 6-8 p.m. at the Barry B. Thompson Student Center’s Ballroom A, is free to the Tarleton community.

“We invite the Tarleton community to help us recognize and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. Our annual dinner allows us to celebrate not only his leadership, but also his lasting influence as a model of service, community and education,” said Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “Regardless of your sector or station, Dr. King’s inspirational commitment to his beliefs illustrates the power and impact we can have when we stand up and use our voices.”

Eddie Francis, director of communications at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, will serve as keynote speaker. Francis is a public relations and mass communications professional and speaker who was born, raised and educated in New Orleans.

As a public speaking veteran of nearly 25 years, Francis has spoken to more than a quarter-million students in 28 states. He speaks about career preparation, communication skills and leadership.

His introduction to higher education leadership began as the director of public relations at Southern University at New Orleans where his duties included marketing, sports information, campus publications management, social media management and web management. He is known for utilizing social media to defeat a proposed merger in 2011 Southern University and the University of New Orleans.

Francis holds a degree in communications from Loyola University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Press Club of New Orleans, and was selected as one of the Crescent City’s “30 People to Watch” by New Orleans magazine in 2000.

For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 254-968-9488 or email

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Multicultural Ambassador student group is embarking on a semester of service inspired by Dr. King’s quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

“We strive to embrace this legacy and work to pay it forward during our semester of service,” said Helvie-Mason.


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