GRCC holds annual celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Caroline MacGregor January 21, 2013 | WGVU While the bitter cold and snow covered roads prevented the Martin Luther
King Jr. Peace March from taking place as scheduled at the Ford field house,
the Community Peace Program drew a large turnout to watch President Obama’s
inauguration on a large screen and take part in “Inherit the Dream,” a
commemorative celebration of Dr. King’s legacy.
Student Chaka White is President of the GRCC Black
Student Union and Mistress of Ceremonies at Monday’s commemoration.
“I don't think it could have been any other better day than to celebrate them both because they both stood for change and with us being here and all the kids being here - they're our next generation, it couldn't have been a more befitting day.”
GRCC, Grand Valley State and Davenport Universities, the program included
an annual essay contest sponsored by law firm, Warner, Norcross and Judd. Riverside
Middle School student, Daijon Miller, won this year’s contest with his essay,“The Power of One”.
Based on a teacher who passed away suddenly from a stroke,
Miller says the contest helped him learn about Dr. King and appreciate how one
person like a teacher can make a difference in the lives of others.
“He wasn't scared to stand up for his rights and he didn't care what people thought of him.”
grade teacher, Emily Holt, helped guide Daijon through the essay writing process.
“Daijon kind of thought about it and I like to create some background for them. We looked at some tapes of Martin Luther King and kind of fire them up because they have no prior knowledge of this - it's just someone they've heard of. So Daijon started to think of an "every day hero" and thought of his 4th grade teacher, Mr. Cook, so we sat together and figured out how can you connect this, so the essay was the result of that."
at 6:30pm Judge Glenda Hatchett will deliver a keynote address: Dare to Take
Charge: King’s Expectations for Greatness. Nationally recognized as an expert on juvenile
and social issues, Judge Hatchett will talk about saving the generations of
today and the future. SOQ
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