GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- In addition to his contribution to civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered for promoting service to others. It is in that spirit that schools across West Michigan honored his legacy by giving back with their own time.
At Grand Rapids Community College, Arielle Brown, president of the GRCC Black Student Union helped organize a march around the school. "It shows that we are all together and change was started with a march," explained Brown. Hundreds of elementary and middle school students walked to remember Dr. King, and crossed Division Avenue, which also bears his name.
About 170 people marched around Calvin College's campus. The march was led by civil rights activist John M. Perkins, who also gave the lecture at Calvin's January Series earlier in the day. Along the route, marchers reflected on the impact of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while listening to his famous "I Have A Dream Speech."
Northview High School students used their voice and sang at an assembly. "I think singing is a great way to express our gratitude toward Martin Luther King, it is a way to connect to everybody," explained Breanne Buckner.
Aquinas College used the day to host their annual blood drive. "Martin Luther King Jr. was an advocate for service and what you could do for your community," said coordinator Shelby Denhof. "Donating blood is probably the most selfless thing you can do, it doesn't take but it is giving something of yourself to save a life."
Cooley Law School students volunteered their time and expertise to help look at legal and contractual questions of the non-profit Family Futures. "Whatever it might be, take those gifts and talents and ask the question: 'How can I use those gifts for the betterment of my neighbor?" said assistant dean Tracey Brame.