Schedule of events
Jan. 16: 37th Annual Community Commemoration, with
keynote presentation from Eddie Glaude Jr., 6 p.m., Fountain Street
Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids.
Glaude is professor and chair of African American Studies at
Princeton University. A prolific political commentator, Glaude is a
regular MSNBC and Meet the Press contributor. He has written many
books, including "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the
American Soul" and "Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and
Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own."
This event is a collaboration among Davenport University, Grand
Rapids Community College and GVSU, with support from local sponsors.
Jan. 17: Eddie Glaude Jr. will give an in-person
presentation at the Allendale Campus, Kirkhof Center, Grand River
Room, at 10 a.m. This event will also be shared via a Zoom webinar;
visit gvsu.edu/mlk for the link.
Jan. 18: Silent march on the Allendale Campus will
begin at 4 p.m. at Zumberge Hall. It will be led by GVSU alumnus Jerry
Wallace, who will then give a presentation at the Kirkhof Center,
Grand River Room, at 4:30 p.m.
Wallace is the president of Danville Community College in Virginia.
He graduated from GVSU in 2009 and played basketball and ran track for
the Lakers. Wallace, a native of Muskegon, earned a master's degree
from Western Michigan University and a doctoral degree from St. Thomas
University. This event will also be shared via a Zoom webinar; visit
for the link.
Jan. 19: The Hauenstein Center for Presidential
Studies and the Division of Inclusion and Equity present a keynote
presentation by Mary Frances Berry, professor of American social
thought and history at the University of Pennsylvania. Berry will
discuss, "Race, Protest, & Politics: Where Do We Go From
Here?" at 6 p.m. at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
For more than 40 years, Berry has been an activist for civil rights,
gender equality and social justice. As chair of the U.S. Civil Rights
Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for
all Americans during four presidential administrations.
This event will also be a Zoom webinar; visit gvsu.edu/mlk
for the webinar link.
Jan. 21: MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity,
presented in collaboration with the Talking Together initiative.
Students and the public will engage in community service followed by
lunch and an intergenerational panel discussion. Buses are available
to transport students to Grand Rapids. Register online by Jan. 18 at