Celebrations Mark King Holiday

January 9, 2004
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — On Monday two local higher education institutions will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with various celebrations.

Grand Rapids Community College is planning noontime and evening events in honor of King for the 18th year in a row. The noon march will begin in front of GRCC’s field house and proceed through downtown to Fountain Street Church.

Following the march, participants can file into Fountain Street Church for a brief program presented almost entirely by representatives of area middle and high schools.

The evening event, “Inherit the Dream,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse, is co-sponsored by GRCC, The IDMA Ministerial Alliance of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Vicinity Inc. and Grand Valley State University. The featured speaker is Essence magazine editorial editor Susan Taylor.

Before Taylor speaks to the GRCC crowd in the evening, however, she will speak following GVSU’s silent march to honor King at the Cook-DeWitt Center.

Grand Valley’s silent march will begin at 1:45 p.m. at Zumberge Library at the Allendale campus and end in the Cook-DeWitt Center. Prior to Taylor’s speech, GVSU’s Gospel Choir will perform.

“This day is always a big one for us because Dr. King’s philosophy aligns so closely to our own college values,” said Juan Olivarez, president of GRCC. “We can celebrate it again and again and we always find the message of Martin Luther King Jr. pertinent to the world at the moment.”

Both events are free and open to the public. Attendees at the evening event will be able to learn of scholarship opportunities for freshman students seeking to enroll at GRCC and GVSU. GRCC will also offer free parking at all campus ramps for the evening event.           

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