Chick-fil-A founder to speak at Auburn University Jan. 22

AUBURN – Truett Cathy, founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A Inc., will speak as part of King Week at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Auburn University Student Center ballroom. The talk is open to the public and will include topics such as overcoming adversity, the power of perseverance and serving others.

Cathy, whose national restaurant chain grew from modest beginnings to a business sensation, is noted for his philanthropic efforts and books authored on learning life lessons.

He started his restaurant business in 1946 when he and his brother, Ben, opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill (later renamed The Dwarf House). Through the years, that restaurant prospered and led Cathy to further the success of his business. In 1967, Cathy founded the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Shopping Center. Today, Chick-fil-A is the second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual sales.

Cathy will be honored along with newly-named Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 17, when The King Center presents them with its Salute to Greatness Awards.

Auburn’s King Week activities are being coordinated by Access and Community Initiatives, a unit of the Auburn University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For more information on this year’s King Week, visit

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