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Motivational speaker Les Brown to give two talks at APSU

July 30, 2002

With wisdom and wit, the words from a nationally renowned speaker, author and television personality will help propel Austin Peay State University full speed into the fall semester.

Les Brown, one of the nation's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential, will be a guest speaker at APSU on Thursday, Aug. 22.

At 4:30 p.m. in Clement Auditorium, he will give a presentation to this summer's ASTAR (African-American Scholars: Talented, Assertive, Rising) participants and their families. During July 14-19, 100 high school students participated in a residential camp at APSU that combined academics and recreation to give them a glimpse into college life.

Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Clement Auditorium, Brown's presentation will be free of charge to faculty, staff and students.

Adopted at six weeks of age by a single mother, Brown and his twin brother grew up with a lot of love but little money. With only a high school education, Brown initiated for himself a process of unending self-education on harnessing human potential.

He rose from a jive-talking morning DJ to broadcast manager, from community activist to community leader, from political commentator to a three-term legislator and, finally, from a nightclub emcee to a premier keynote speaker.

In 1986, Brown formed Les Brown Enterprises Inc., thereby entering the public-speaking arena full time. In only three years, he was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence. Toastmasters International named him one of the World's Top Five Speakers in 1992.

Brown is the author of the highly acclaimed books, "Live Your Dreams" and "It's Not Over Until You Win" and former host of "The Les Brown Show," a nationally syndicated, daily television talk show that focused on solutions rather than problems.