Killeen attorney Gregory Simmons, a member of Tarleton State University’s Class of 1986, is the keynote speaker for the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21.

The free event begins at 7 a.m. in the Tarleton Dining Hall on the Stephenville campus and highlights the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights leader’s 90th birthday.

The community is invited. Reservations deadline is Friday, Jan. 18. 

“We not only celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and vision on this day, but we rededicate ourselves to Tarleton’s core value of civility,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “Like Dr. King, at Tarleton we expect our words and deeds to be characterized by mutual respect, kindness and informed debate. It is in this spirit, that we invite our community to join us as we continue to work toward creating a just and equitable future for all.”

In addition to the keynote address, Tarleton’s Chamber Choir will perform three numbers — “Keep Your Lamps!” arranged by Andre Thomas, the L.L. Fleming arrangement of “Give Me Jesus” and Rollo Dilworth’s “Walk in Jerusalem” — and junior animal science major Jasmin Trevino will be honored for her acceptance into the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Undergraduate Fellows Program.

Simmons, who grew up in a military household in Killeen, received his undergraduate degree from Tarleton before earning his juris doctorate at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. From there he went to work as an assistant attorney general in the U.S. Virgin Islands and then for the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps. 

He was serving at the Pentagon in the Office of the Army’s General Counsel when the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. As a Tarleton student, he was a member of Tarleton ROTC and the Texans football team.

To make a reservation for Tarleton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Breakfast, email Darrell Brown at dwbrown@tarleton.edu. 

Parking will be available in the lot at Cain and Vanderbilt streets.