Texas Tech Begins African-American History Month Lecture Series

Tavis Smiley, a New York Times best-selling author and broadcaster, will discuss his new book “Death of a King.”

WHAT: Tavis Smiley, a New York Times best-selling author and broadcaster, opens the third African-American History Month Lecture Series by discussing his new book “Death of a King.”

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 5)

WHERE: Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, Museum of Texas Tech, 3301 Fourth St.

WHO: Smiley hosts the late-night talk show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, “The Tavis Smiley Show” for Public Radio International and “Tavis Talks,” the daily online radio program on the Tavis Smiley Network on BlogTalk Radio. He has written 16 books, his most recent being “Death of a King,” released in September.

“Death of a King” focuses on the last year of Martin Luther King's life, which is the focus of Smiley's talk.

The event is free and open to the public.

The African-American History Month Lecture Series is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

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CONTACT: Karlos Hill, assistant professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3744 or karlos.hill@ttu.edu.