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ALLENDALE, Mich. - Two national speakers and a host of social justice activities will highlight Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration Week, January 20-26, at Grand Valley State University.
  For the first time, Grand Valley classes will not be session on Monday, January 21, the national holiday celebrating King's birth.
Organizers of the week's events said that will allow more people to attend events and gain a better understanding of King's work and legacy. 

Below is a list of campus events; all are free and open to the public.  For complete details, visit

Sunday, January 20; 3-4:30 p.m.: Richard M. DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium, Pew Grand Rapids Campus "Saving Green and Eating Fresh,"hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha, Theta Chi Omega and Nu Theta. Learn how to make your budget work for you; healthy refreshments will be served.
This is in conjunction with the January 24 keynote speaker, Majora Carter, an advocate of food justice.

Monday, January 21:
10-11:30 am: Russel H. Kirkhof Center; Concurrent Social Justice
Activities (see list below for descriptions)
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Kirkhof Center; Lunch and Viewing of U.S.
Presidential Inauguration
1 p.m.: Silent March; Begins at James H. Zumberge Library
1:30 p.m.: Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room; Keynote Presentation by Glenda Hatchett, former judge and author with syndicated TV show, Judge Hatchett.
2-3:30 p.m.: Kirkhof Center; Concurrent Social Justice Activities 
Thursday, January 24:
5 p.m.: Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room; Keynote Presentation by Majora Carter, urban revitalizationist and host of the radio series The Promised Land. Note: This program will be webcast to DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and some GVSU regional sites. See for details. 

Saturday, January 26:
9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Day of Service, coordinated by Community Service
Learning Center. Volunteers will meet in Kirkhof Center then travel to sites in West Michigan to serve. Visit to RSVP.

Poverty Simulation: The Poverty Simulation experience will help
participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a
typical low-income family trying to survive from week to week. Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room, sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit to RSVP.

Marathon Reading: Campus members will read from King¹s writings and the works he inspired. Kirkhof Center, room 2266, sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Upcycling: Crafting for Our Community participants will engage in
upcycling crafts: turning pillowcases into dresses, weaving plastic bags into sleeping mats. These items will be donated to local shelters or health care organizations. Kirkhof Center, rooms 2215/2216, sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit to RSVP.

Straight Talk: Panelists will discuss King¹s legacy today. Kirkhof
Center, room 2270, 2 p.m. only. 
Film Series: All day: Documentaries and films showcasing King's
work will be screened. Kirkhof Center Theater and room 1104.

Glenda Hatchett is a former judge who is known in the legal
community for her groundbreaking courtroom style. She is also
respected for her work with children and considered a leader in the justice system. She serves as national spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and help them navigate the court system.

She urges viewers of her syndicated TV show, Judge Hatchett, to become mentors to at-risk youth. Majora Carter is as well-known for her urban revitalization efforts as she is for her radio show, This Promised Land, which airs on National Public Radio. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 when few were talking about sustainability, and even fewer people were talking about it in places like the South Bronx.

By 2003, Carter coined the term Green The Ghetto, as she pioneered one of the nation¹s first urban green-collar job training and placement systems, and spearheaded legislation that fueled demand for those jobs.  Carter's 2006 TEDtalk was one of six presentations to launch that groundbreaking website.

Grand Valley's MLK Week is sponsored by the university's Inclusion and Equity Division, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Senate and WGVU Engage.

Community Events in Grand Rapids and at Grand Rapids
Community College and Davenport University
Sunday, January 20
MLK Celebration Service
6 p.m.: New Hope Baptist Church,
130 Delaware St. SW, Grand Rapids
Monday, January 21
GRCC Community Peace March
Noon: Begins at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse
GRCC Community Peace Program
12:30 p.m.: GRCC Ford Fieldhouse
Davenport University Silent March
12:30 p.m.: Begins at Sneden Auditorium,
Lettinga Campus
Davenport University Service Project
3:30 - 6 p.m.: David D. Hunting YMCA,
Grand Rapids
27th Annual Commemoration Program
6:30 p.m.: Keynote speaker, Glenda Hatchett
GRCC Ford Fieldhouse
Tuesday, January 22
Davenport University Keynote Address
10 a.m.: Glenda Hatchett
Sneden Auditorium, Lettinga Campus


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