Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who challenged all of us to recognize and address social justice with compassion and love.

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

ATC Auditorium, Room 168

Social Media: Pursuing Justice in the Digital Age.

Media Activist, Attorney and Writer April Reign inspires others to use their voice to create social change, challenge the status quo, and increase inclusion of underrepresented communities in the media and the world.
Named one of the Top 15 accounts on #BlackTwitter by The National Journal, April is one of social media’s most influential voices on race, politics, and pop culture, with more than 70,000 Twitter followers and counting. As the creator of the rallying cry and viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, she challenged the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood, resulting in the most sweeping changes in the history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A writer, editor, and former attorney, she is now a prominent activist working to build on this movement toward greater diversity and equality in the entertainment industry.

Free and open to all. 

Light refreshments and free parking.


Student Scholarships

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. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Inherit the Dream" Scholarship:

• An annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a senior student who attends a
Kent Intermediate School and is involved in community service and/or activities in support of diversity and inclusion.
• Students must be accepted to Grand Rapids Community College with a minimum of 2.0 grade point average.
• Application must be accompanied by a high school grade transcript that must include six semesters with cumulative GPA.
• Scholarship awarded to students of African American or Hispanic Heritage.

Click here for the scholarship application.  To submit the application electronically please open in another viewer and attach to an email.

Evening Event

6:00 PM | Monday, January 15, 2018 | Fountain Street Church

Guest Speaker
April Reign, creator
of #OscarsSoWhite

I Dream
Presented by
Opera Grand Rapids