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Diversity Lecture Series kicks off tonight

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By Sean P. Mulhall – Editor-in-Chief

The Diversity Lecture Series, an annual event at Grand Rapids Community College, kicks off Wednesday night with a talk by Henry Muñoz III focusing on Latino Culture and Identity.

Muñoz is the Board Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Muñoz and Co. and co-founder of The Dream.US. As a businessman and social activist, Muñoz is a leader in the Latino community.

According to the website, The Dream.US. is a scholarship foundation “committed to work together to provide a low-cost, high quality college education to undocumented students.”

For 21 years, the Diversity Lecture Series has provided “insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan Community.” Past speakers include the author of “Push,” Sapphire; actor B.D. Wong, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, former Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi and former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.

Upcoming events include “Afroculinaria,” with Michael Twitty, Oct. 21; “The World Beyond Your Head,” with Matthew Crawford, Nov. 11; “Mass Incarceration and Justice in America,” with Benjamin Todd Jealous, Feb. 17; and “Stuck in the Middle With You: Parenthood in Three Genders,” with Jennifer Boylan, Mar. 16.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church.