Next MLK event Thursday includes community award

Majora Carter will speak Thursday in the Kirkhof Center, part of MLK Commemoration Week.
Majora Carter will speak Thursday in the Kirkhof Center, part of MLK Commemoration Week.
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Officials at Grand Valley will present the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award to the Steepletown Neighborhood Services during an event on Thursday, January 24, at the Kirkhof Center.

Steepletown Neighborhood Services, 671 Davis Ave. NW, offers programs and services to new immigrants. Within a nominating letter, the organization was cited for breaking down economic barriers by teaching money management, offering career exploration opportunities and a GED prep program. Criteria for the award include making a positive impact on the lives of West Michigan residents.

GVSU leaders will present the award to Steepletown staff members Emilio Zamarripa and Melanie Straub prior to a presentation from the university’s keynote MLK speaker Majora Carter.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Grand River Room.

Carter continues a weeklong commemoration week with her presentation, “Poverty in Today’s World: The Food Justice Movement.” Carter is an urban revitalizationist and the host of “The Promised Land,” which airs on National Public Radio.

Her presentation will be webcast to audiences in the Eberhard Center and the Meijer Holland Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

For more on Grand Valley's MLK Commemoration Week, visit www.gvsu.edu/mlk.