Clifton Taulbert to Deliver Lecture Tuesday

OXFORD, Miss. – International lecturer, entrepreneur and Pulitzer-nominated author Clifton Taulbert will speak Tuesday (Feb. 9) on his new book “The Invitation” at the University of Mississippi.

The lecture, hosted by the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is set for 5 p.m. in Weems Auditorium at the Robert C. Khayat Law Center.

Taulbert was born in the Mississippi Delta during the period of legal segregation. After overcoming many obstacles and racial barriers, Taulbert earned success and is president and CEO of Freemount Corp., a human capital development company. He is also president and CEO of Roots Java Coffee, an African-American owned national brand that imports coffee from Africa.

“The Invitation” tells his story of triumph and tribulation as he is expected to cross those racial barriers.

“We are pleased and honored to have Mr. Taulbert speak,” said J.R. Love, project manager for the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development program at the McLean Institute. “We also appreciate his generosity in taking the time to meet and visit with some of our students while he’s on campus. We invite everyone in the UM community to join us in welcoming this inspirational and thought-provoking speaker.”

Taulbert has written four other books: “The Last Train North,” “Eight Habits of the Heart,” “Eight Habits of the Heart for Educators” and “Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored.” The latter was made into a 1995 movie.