Commemoration Week Events

•• Note: this page reflects events held in January 2021


Monday, January 18
• 6:30-8 p.m.: "The Legacy of MLK: Purpose, Truth and Justice," by Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and an NBC and MSNBC political contributor. 

Register for this free event online to receive a link for the Zoom webinar.

Note: because of COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a silent march or other in-person events on January 18.


Thursday, January 21
• 7 p.m.: Chief Isaiah McKinnon: "Policing from the Inside"

Presented by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library, and GVSU's Division of Inclusion and Equity; RSVP online for a Zoom webinar link. 


Saturday, January 23
10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: MLK Day of Service and Solidarity 2021: All events will be held in the Kirkhof Center and Cook-DeWitt Center. Events including a documentary and discussion, a panel on Gen Z activism, service projects, mural painting activity, and a food drive. See details and register online. RSVPs are required to maintain proper safety precautions.

•  Student Senate Give Thanks Initiative: a canned food/non-perishable food drive for Replenish (GVSU's student food pantry) will be held in coordination with the MLK Day of Service and Solidarity 2021. Donation boxes will be placed around campus during the last two weeks of January. Event participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item with them to donate. Proper public health protocols will be utilized for this effort.


Flyer of details for Jan. 18 event with QR code to register

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Tuesday, January 26
1-2:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion, "Looking for MLK:  Doing Justice in West Michigan": panelists are GVSU faculty members and community members. 

Register online to receive a link to the Zoom webinar.

• Joe Jones, Grand Rapids Commissioner, Ward 2 and former president of Grand Rapids Urban League
• Tonisha Jones, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
• Louis Moore, Associate Professor of History
• Denavvia Mojet, GVSU graduate and community activist 
• Sherry Johnson, Associate Professor of English (Facilitator)

flyer announcing GVSU events during the week

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