Office of Diversity and Inclusion prepares for annual MLK Day dinner

By Todd Coley –

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration dinner Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Thompson Student Center ballrooms from 6-8 p.m.

Scheduled to speak at the event is Dr. Ervin James from Paul Quinn College. According to the Tarleton website, James is a scholar of history and African American studies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tuskegee University and a master’s degree in history from Texas Southern University, and has also earned a doctorate in history from Texas A&M.

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Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, says she is excited to have James speak this year.

“He has unique insight into the world of civil rights, social justice, African American history, and will speak on Dr. King’s leadership,” Helvie-Mason said. “We hope attendees find a depth of understanding for the lasting legacy of Dr. King’s servant-leadership.”

Helvie-Mason says they expect between 100 and 120 people to attend but are always excited to see newcomers. Seating, however, is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve a spot, click here or go to the calendar link on Tarleton’s home page.

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 254-968-9888 or email them at

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