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LU Academic Lecture Series presents Manuel Scott

The Lamar University Academic Lecture Series is proud to present original freedom writer, Manuel Scott on March 1 at 7 p.m. at the LU University Theatre. Scott will share his unique message that has inspired, educated, and empowered almost a million people, helping them make the most of their lives.

At the age of fourteen, Scott dropped out of school, and his English grammar was so poor that he was classified as an English as a Second Language (ESL) student. At an early age he began using drugs and alcohol and by the age of 16, he had already lived in 26 different places. However, due to an amazing transformation, Scott has defied all the odds stacked against him.

“I was once dismissed as ‘unreachable’ and ‘unteachable’ but something special happened, and I love sharing that message with others,” said Scott.

The high school drop-out now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity International University. He is currently working on his doctorate. He has spoken for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Education Association, and hundreds of organizations and schools all over the world.

“When I speak, I am absolutely committed to making sure audiences are crystal clear about how to transform their lives, organizations, departments or classroom,” said Scott. “I carry the torchlight of inspirations into the recesses of dormant potential and show the gems that are sparkling there.”

The lecture will be open to the public with no admission fee. The Academic Lecture Series is hosted by the College of Education and Human Development and is funded by student service fees. For more information about the Lamar University Academic Lecture Series, visit or call (409) 880-8046.