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Cookeville native and Tennessee Tech University alumnus Morris Irby Jr. will speak about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at his alma mater Monday, Jan. 21.

Irby’s talk will begin at 2 p.m. in the nursing building auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

“Irby is a staple in this community,” said Harry Ingle, TTU admissions counselor and the event’s organizer. “He will be speaking on what being black is to him and tying his experiences to some of the things Dr. King encountered along the way.”

Irby graduated from TTU in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and in 1977 he received a master’s degree in educational psychology at TTU. He worked for nearly 40 years for Cummins Filtration. He serves on the TTU College of Business board of trustees and the boards of directors for WCTE, the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency and the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center.

“It’s always good, especially on a college campus, to know the history of where we came from and to know where we are headed,” Ingle said. “It’s good to honor the past.”

Members of the TTU chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and other students will remember King’s legacy with a silent march at 11 a.m. Jan. 22 beginning at Walton House. The march, which is also open to the public, will proceed along N. Dixie Ave., ending at Derryberry Auditorium for remarks from fraternity members.