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Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon Jan. 24 at LSU Alexandria

Released: 01/07/2005

Inventor and motivational speaker Calvin Mackie will be the guest speaker at LSU Alexandria’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 24.

The luncheon, which benefits the LSU Alexandria Ebony Scholarship, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex. This year’s theme is “Scholarship – King’s Vision for Empowerment.” The meal is being provided by Outback Steakhouse, and guest soloist is Bobby Powell, minister of music at Glory Land Baptist Church.

Reservations are required by contacting Dessie Williams at (318) 473-6473. General admission is $10. LSU Alexandria student tickets are available for $2 and can be purchased in the Accounting Office.

Mackie is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Tulane University. He joined the faculty in 1996 after earning the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and in 1999 received a patent on a device to retrofit luggage stow bins on some commercial airliners.

Committed to community service, Mackie is an active member of the National Speaker Association and the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans. He is a board member of New Orleans Computer Access Program, a nonprofit organization that places computers in the homes of New Orleans public school first-graders.

In 1992 he co-founded Channel ZerO, an educational and motivational consulting company, and has been active on the public speaking circuit for more than 10 years, giving motivational presentations to numerous groups. President Bush honored Mackie with the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

For more information on the event, contact Dessie Williams at 473-6473. For more information on Mackie, visit