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Motivational speaker to share message of overcoming obstacles during Feb. 26 Lyceum Series event

February 20, 2019

Contact: Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Patricia Russell-McCloud

Described as a “visual speaking experience,” Atlanta-based attorney Patricia Russell-McCloud will share her engaging, highly substantive and well-researched speaking style with students on Tuesday, Feb. 26 as part of Tuskegee University’s continuing Lyceum Series.

During her 6 p.m. program in the University Chapel, she will demonstrate why her “big, broad and animated” speaking style and positive message leaves her audiences eager for more.

For the past 20-plus years, Russell-McCloud has toured the lecture circuit as a motivational speaker. She encourages her audiences to surmount every obstacle that stands between them and the possible. Her clients have included national nonprofit organizations, government entities, Fortune 500 companies — and everything in between. Each engagement has left audiences benefiting from her informed, inspirational wisdom and wit.

A native of Indianapolis, Russell-McCloud graduated from Kentucky State University before earning a law degree from Howard University’s School of Law. Before beginning her professional speaking career, she was an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission’s Complaints Branch for 10 years.

Tuskegee’s Lyceum Series programming features notable headliners who educate, enlighten and entertain members of the campus and surrounding communities. Each represents the university’s commitment to educating students in an engaging and holistic way.

Upcoming Lyceum Series programs this spring include:

  • Thursday, Mar. 14: Dr. Randall Horton, an award-winning poet who also will serve as the Department of Modern Languages, Communication and Philosophy’s Spring 2019 Ellison Lecturer; time 3 p.m., Brimmer Hall Auditorium
  • Saturday, Apr. 6: Dr. Paul Kwami, director of choral activities at Fisk University and the university’s 2019 Dawson Institute Lecturer; 1 p.m. Lecture, University Chapel; 6 p.m. Concert, Logan Hall

Lyceum Series events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and others in the community who wish to attend. For more information about the series and updates on future presenters, visit

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