Best-selling author Omar Tyree will be the featured speaker for the annual “Living the Legacy” Awards Luncheon, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.
Tyree’s works include the nonfiction The Equation: Applying the 4 Indisputable Components of Business Success and novels such as Flyy Girl, Welcome to Dubai (The Traveler) and For the Love of Money.
Dr. Shari Clarke, vice president for multicultural affairs, said the luncheon is free to the Marshall community, but reservations are required. Reservations may be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling ext. 6-4677. The deadline is today, Wednesday, Jan. 15.
“A diversity speaker, Omar Tyree connects Dr. King’s dreams to contemporary society and challenges the audience to ask how close we have come to attaining the dream.” Clarke said.
After transferring from the University of Pittsburgh, where he played football, to Howard University, Tyree went on to become one of the few authors to have best-sellers in multiple categories, including fiction, business, and children’s works. He now is entering the realm of mysteries/thrillers. After developing a cult-like following in the mid-Atlantic region, Tyree continued to write a book a year and soon developed a national following. This led him to publishing powerhouse Simon and Schuster, which signed the young talent to a multiple publishing deal. Currently he’s having one of his books optioned as a stage play.
Clarke also said the program is dedicated to the memory of Janis Winkfield, who was a staff member in the Office of Financial Aid at Marshall until her death in 2009. Winkfield also was member of the Marshall University Foundation Board of Directors and a past president of the Marshall Black Alumni. Donations will be collected at the luncheon for the scholarship in her name.
Also as part of the luncheon, several individuals will be recognized and honored for living King’s legacy.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, with assistance from corporate sponsor Walmart.