Author-columnist Toure to speak at GRCC

UPDATE: The Community Peace March has been canceled because of the cold. The program -- featuring music and a spoken-word presentation from alumnus Azizi Jasper -- will go on as scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at the fieldhouse.


Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Dec. 16, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Author and columnist Toure will serve as the keynote speaker for Grand Rapids Community College's commemoration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18.

GRCC will join Davenport and Grand Valley State universities in hosting events to celebrate the civil rights leader's life and work.

Events on GRCC's campus start at 11:30 a.m. with a program that includes music and a spoken-word presentation from alumnus Azizi Jasper at Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE. The Community Peace March leaves from the fieldhouse at noon.

"We are committed to further enriching diversity at GRCC and finding ways in which students can share their unique experiences," said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. "Our march celebrates those student experiences while bringing our entire campus together to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact his life and work has on us today."

Silent marches are also scheduled for 1 p.m. on GVSU's Allendale campus and at Davenport's Lettinga campus.

The keynote address by Toure, on "Empowering Our Community," will take place during the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse. Toure, author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, a columnist for and host of "The Hip-Hop Show" and "On the Record."

All events are free and open to the public. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call the Student Life office at (616) 234-4039 in advance of your participation.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.