Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who challenged all of us to recognize and address social justice with compassion and love.

Free and open to all. 

Student Scholarships

Through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University over 60 scholarships have been awarded during this annual celebration.  Incoming freshman students have received support as they pursue their academic goals in keeping with Dr. King’s hopes of personal achievement for our youth. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Inherit the Dream" Scholarship:

• An annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a senior student who attends a
Kent Intermediate School and is involved in community service and/or activities in support of diversity and inclusion.
• Students must be accepted to Grand Rapids Community College with a minimum of 2.0 grade point average.
• Application must be accompanied by a high school grade transcript that must include six semesters with cumulative GPA.
• Scholarship awarded to students of African American or Hispanic Heritage.

Click here for the GRCC "Inherit the Dream" scholarship application.  To submit the application electronically please open in another viewer and attach to an email.

Evening Event

6:00 PM | Monday, January 21, 2019 | Fountain Street Church

Guest Speaker: Dr. David Stovall

Dr. Stovall is a Professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of equity and justice.  His work led him to become a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village Social Justice High School, which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, his work manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area who engage in collaborative community projects centered in creating relevant curriculum.