FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
Jan. 12, 2015, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The mother of Trayvon Martin will serve as the keynote speaker for Grand Rapids Community College's commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19.
GRCC will join Davenport and Grand Valley State universities in hosting events to celebrate the civil rights leader’s legacy.
Events on GRCC's campus start at noon with a Community Peace March that leaves from Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE. The march ends back at the fieldhouse for a 12:30 p.m. program, which will be led by board of trustees Chairperson Bert Bleke and Jaedah Pickens, president of GRCC’s Black Student Union.
“This peace march is a way for the GRCC and communities across west Michigan to publicly commemorate Dr. King's legacy and to encourage all of us to find ways to carry on his work for social justice," Bleke said.
Silent marches are also scheduled for 1 p.m. on GVSU's Allendale campus and at 12:30 p.m. at Davenport's Lettinga campus.
The keynote address by Sybrina Fulton, on "Encouraging Our Youth," will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse. Fulton has become a spokeswoman for parents and concerned citizens nationwide since the shooting death of her 17-year-old son in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Florida. She started the Trayvon Martin Foundation to create awareness of how violent crime affects families and to provide support for them.
All events are free and open to the public. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call the Student Life office at (616) 234-3531 in advance of your participation.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.