Grand Rapids Community College is partnering with Davenport University and Grand Valley State University for the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., starting Monday, Jan. 17.
King was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s who led the Montgomery Bus Boycott as well as the March on Washington where he gave his inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech.
“Dr. King was taken from his family and the global community in the prime of his life, and during a time when the moral compass for Civil Rights in America had growing support,” said Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham “Celebrating his life and legacy allows us to benchmark our progress in areas of social justice, equity, and inalienable rights.”
The event will include keynote speaker Cheryl Brown Henderson, Founding President of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity and her presentation, “Brown v. Board of Education: The Legacy Continues.”
Henderson is the daughter of Reverend Oliver L. Brown, who was one of the parents that pushed for the Brown v. Board of Education supreme court case that led to desegregation in schools.
Henderson’s speech will begin at 6 p.m. via livestream. The event was originally scheduled to be in-person at Fountain Street Church, but will now be live streamed from that location because of the recent rise of COVID-19 numbers.
You can register for the event here.
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