A keynote address celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is scheduled to take place on Jan. 16 at Fountain Street Church. The event is free and will begin at 6 p.m.
The address will be made by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. who currently serves as the African American Studies department head at Princeton University. He’s an author of several academic books about race and social justice and he also hosts Princeton’s AAS podcast which focuses on similar topics.
In a press release, Grand Rapids Community College Interim President, Juan Olivarez said, “It’s so important to keep Dr. King’s message and legacy in mind as we navigate our difficult times. Each year we gather to celebrate his life and achievements. But also, we must look at where we are as a community and a nation, reflect on where we need to be and commit to getting there together.”
The event will also present high school scholarship recipients and short welcomes from college presidents and community leaders. It was created in partnership with Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Grand Valley State University, as well as local community sponsors.
“I am thankful for the collaboration with GRCC and GVSU to hold this important event,” said Richard J. Pappas, president of Davenport University in the press release. “We’re gathering to commemorate Dr. King’s life and further an important discussion on how to embrace diversity and inclusion across our campuses, our communities, and our world.”
The event will take place in the church located across the street from GRRC’s Main campus at 24 Fountain St. NE in Grand Rapids.