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Judge Glenda Hatchett to deliver keynote speech at MLK celebration: “Dare to Take Charge: King’s Expectations for Greatness”

 

Contact:

Kathy Mullins

Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

616.234.3908

kmullins@grcc.edu

 

January 16, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, MICH — Judge Glenda Hatchett, a nationally recognized expert on juvenile and social issues – widely known for her television show “Judge Hatchett” - will be the keynote speaker during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Peace Program on January 21.

Grand Rapids Community College joins Davenport and Grand Valley State universities in hosting “Inherit the Dream,” the 27th annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. King. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. January 21 in GRCC’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE.

"There is a direct correlation between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s advocacy for education and the awarding of scholarships to area youth, each year at our annual commemoration. It is a fitting way to honor his legacy,” said Chris Arnold, Director of GRCC’s Diversity Learning Center.

Judge Hatchett was catapulted to the forefront of the national justice system when she became the first African American Chief Presiding Judge of Atlanta’s Fulton County Juvenile Court. She currently serves as a spokeswoman for the national Court Appointed Special Advocate program.

The “Inherit the Dream” celebration will be the culmination of three days of activities throughout the Grand Rapids area commemorating Dr. King and his civil rights legacy. Other events include a Community Peace March at noon January 21 at Ford Fieldhouse followed by a Community Peace Program, with performances by GRCC and Kent Intermediate School District students, at 12:30 p.m.

All events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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.  

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