Author & Social Activist Inspiring Next Generation of Leaders Will Speak Wed. at GRCC Diversity Lecture Series

Grand Rapids Community College will present nationally known author, journalist, and social activist Jeff Johnson on Wednesday, February 15. Johnson, one of the speakers in GRCC’s 17th annual Diversity Lecture Series, regularly contributes commentary and analysis about issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socio-economics for news broadcasts and publications, such as MSNBC’sDayside and Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN’s Headline News, CNN’sInternationalLarry King Live, the FOX News Channel, Huffington Post,,,, and Upscale magazine.

He is renowned both for his conversations with world figures in the political, business and entertainment arenas and his grass-roots work seeking to inspire the next generation of leaders. In 2008, he received the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award for BET’s Life & Death in Darfur, Jeff Johnson Reports series and recently published the book Everything I’m Not Made Everything I Am.

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series organizer, Chris Arnold, says Johnson is known for “seeking out ways to merge the worlds of politics and popular culture,” through broad-based communication, including as a contributor to the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

All of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series speakers are open to the public free of charge. Johnson will speak at 7 PM, February 15, at Fountain St. Church adjacent to GRCC’s main downtown campus.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.