Baylor Law School Celebrates Black History Month with 'Voices of Freedom' Dramatic Presentation

February 11, 2008
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Dr. Ernest Tutt

Contact: Julie Carlson, Baylor Law School, (254) 710-6681

Some of the great orations in African-American history will be recreated Feb. 18 at Baylor Law School, when Dr. Ernest Tutt performs a dramatic reenactment of the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The event, held in conjunction with Black History Month, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in room 127 at the law school.

"This is a good event for Baylor because many of us either had not been born or were too young to remember this era," said law professor Patricia Wilson, who is helping organize the event. "Dr. Tutt's performance brings these two civil rights figures alive, giving us a chance to sense what it might have been like to hear Dr. King or Malcolm X speak in person as opposed to simply reading the text of their speeches."

Born in Houston in 1959, Tutt was adopted at age 3 by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Tutt Jr. He moved to Dallas in 1971 and graduated in 1978 from Skyline High School. He began public speaking at an early age in church and school competitions and won several regional and national competitions through Boy Scouts of America, Reader's Digest and the National Podium Association.

In 1980, he graduated from Grayson County Community College in Denison, Texas, with an associate's degree in business. He attended University of Texas at Austin, majoring in political science and philosophy. He began teaching communications at Grayson County College, while pursuing master's degree in education at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He earned his degree in 1996 and was selected as a Diversity Enhancement Fellow and received a scholarship from A&M-Commerce to pursue a doctoral degree. At that time, he accepted a position as director of special projects/assistant to the president at A&M-Commerce. He completed his doctorate in education with a sociology minor in 2001.

In 2003, he moved to Anacortes, Wash. He teaches speech communication and ethnic studies at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, Wash.

Tutt's performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 710-1911.