Though the incident happened years ago, TaRita Johnson will never forget the words shouted at her during her first weekend as a college student.
Johnson and her friends from her residence hall were exploring all that their new home and university had to offer when a truck of young men pulled alongside them and began shouting racial slurs at them.
Johnson said she could have called her parents, asking them to bring her home. Instead, she said she built her foundation.
Johnson, the senior vice president of talent and diversity at The Right Place, encouraged an appreciative audience to build their own foundations and find their purpose and conviction in the same way the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did.
The Hauenstein Center and the Office of Inclusion & Equity welcomed Johnson as the keynote speaker for their January 18 event at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus as part of Grand Valley’s King Commemoration Week.