ARLINGTON - Dr. Maxwell C. Scarlett, the first African-American to
graduate from UT Arlington, will be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther
King Jr. Celebration "Sharing the Dream" Awards Banquet at
6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the E.H. Hereford University Center's Bluebonnet,
300 W. First St.
Dr. Scarlett (B.S. '66) is a physician in Lampasas and president
and chief executive officer of Lekar Emergency Medical Associates in Killeen.
The Fort Worth native graduated from Dunbar High School began
college at North Texas State College in Denton, from which his mother
graduated, and took summer classes at what was then Arlington State College. He
transferred to Arlington in mid-1965. The college had integrated three years
Dr. Scarlett was not the only African-American student at
the college, but he was the first to earn a degree, his bachelor's degree in
biology. Dr. Scarlett later earned his medical degree from Howard University in
In 2009, he and his wife, Vivian, established UT Arlington first
endowed professorship in biology. Dr. Scarlett has received several honors at
UT Arlington, including Outstanding African-American Alumni Award, the
Multicultural Services Trailblazer Award, and Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Community awards and scholarship presentations are part of
the evening, also.
Tickets for the banquet are $35 and can be purchased at www.utatickets.com. Complimentary valet
will be provided by Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Saturday's "An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry" is for
adults age 18 and older. The poetry slam starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet
Ballroom. Tickets are $15 and available through www.utatickets.com.
Other MLK Celebration events continue through Monday, Jan.
18. Check the schedule at www.ci.arlington.tx.us/MLK/
or call the MLK Event Hotline at 817-459-6430 or 817-459-6404.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.