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13.15. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in West Michigan

January 20, 2013

Hopefully you have the day on on Monday January 21, 2013 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Many things going from the Presidents Inauguration to MLK education. Wood TV has done a great job of doing a summery of activities , that I am sharing below.

MLK Day 2012 events in West Michigan
Events held in honor of civil rights leader

Updated: Monday, 16 Jan 2012, 6:33 PM EST
Published : Sunday, 15 Jan 2012, 5:09 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Several West Michigan communities and organizations are holding events on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. See a listing below.

Monday, Jan. 16 (MLK Day)

– The Aquinas College MLK Blood Drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wege Ballroom.

– WMU in cooperation with the City of Kalamazoo, Fifth Third Bank and Volunteer Kalamazoo will hold the Communitywide Day of Service. Volunteers should report to Kalamazoo City Hall — located at 241 W. South St. — for breakfast at 8 a.m. Projects are set to begin at 8:30 a.m.

– 18th Anniversary Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — a continental breakfast and presentation by Michael T. Scott, pastor of Galilee Baptist Church — will take place at 9 a.m. at the Ecumenical Senior Center, located at 702 N. Burdick St. in Kalamazoo.

– The Grand Rapids Community College MLK Community Peace March will be held at noon at GRCC. Marchers should assemble at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

– The GVSU MLK Silent March will be held at noon on the Allendale campus. Marchers should assemble at the Zumberge Library entrance.

– The Aquinas College “I Have a Dream” luncheon in honor of Coretta Scott King will begin at noon in the Wege Center Loutit Room.

– The GRCC Community Peace Program will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. The event will feature performances by GRCC and KISD students. Kids’ Food Basket will be collecting 100% juice boxes, peanut butter, pudding/fruit cups and cracker packs at the event.

– The Adam Taylor lecture “Mobilizing Hope: Faith Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation” will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Auditorium.

– The GVSU MLK Program will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Allendale Campus Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. The event will feature author Bakari Kitwana.

– The Davenport MLK Silent March & Community Program will take place at 1 p.m. at Davenport University. Participants should assemblea the Sneden Auditorium on the Lettinga Campus.

– The Davenport MLK Reception and Discussions on Diversity forum will take place from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Sneden Meeting Rooms 1 and 2. The round table discussions will focus on discrimination, justice and equality in modern times.

– A march to MLK Park in Kalamazoo will being at 3:30 p.m. at the WMU Campus Flagpoles. The march will continue to the corner of Thompson and Academy streets at 4 p.m., then to the corner of Rose Street and West Michigan Avenue at 4:30 p.m.; and finally end at MLK Park.

– The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Renewal Celebration will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Downtown Center, located at 45 Ottawa St. NW in Grand Rapids.

– A mass honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Aquinas College Bukowski Chapel.

– Speaker Jim Lucas will give an “I Have a Dream” lecture at 7 p.m. at the Kretschmer Recital Hall in the Aquinas College Art and Music Center.

– A dialogue, Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo, 2101 Wilbur Ave. Participants are asked to bring a writing by King or poetry, song lyrics or written piece that embodies his vision. Pizza will be served and the Voices of WMU Gospel Choir will perform.

– The 26th Annual Commemoration Program, sponsored by GRCC, GVSU and Davenport, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. Author Bakari Kitwana will be present along with Dr. Marvin L. Sapp.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

– The Davenport University Civil Rights in Post-Racial Times lecture featuring author Bakari Kitwana will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Sneden Auditorium at the Lettinga Campus.

– Free viewing of “Freedom Riders” at 6 p.m. at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.

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