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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (free and open to all)

Join us for the 29th year anniversary of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we come together with the community to remember the crucial contributions Dr. King made throughout his life.  He challenged all of us to recognize and address social justice with compassion and love.   The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program will be held Monday, January 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m., in the GRCC Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.  "Empowering Our Youth" will be presented by keynote speaker Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Travon Martin. 

Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country. The publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.

Through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University over 60 scholarships have been awarded during this annual celebration.  Incoming freshman students have received support as they pursue their academic goals in keeping with Dr. King’s hopes of personal achievement for our youth.  Free and open to all.

2014 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP93hW-c7NU

2013 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEBZ865-nQ0