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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Library Guide

MLK Day is observed annually on the third Monday of January.

Grand Rapids | W.A. Lettinga Campus

January 16, 2023 | Event at Fountain Street Church - Grand Rapids

37th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Monday January 16, 2023

6:00 PM

Fountain Street Church

24 Fountain Street Northeast, Grand Rapids


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.


Sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University, and Grand Valley State University.  More information here.

January 17, 2023 | Event at Davenport University, W.A. Lettinga Campus

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 

2:00 PM

Sneden Auditorium, Lettinga Campus


  • The Celebration will be at 2:00 PM in the Sneden Auditorium at the Lettinga Campus, with a Silent March to follow. 
  • Dr. Pappas will provide opening remarks, followed by reflections from keynote speaker Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., The New York Times Bestselling Author and Chair of Princeton's Department of African American Studies. The event will also be live streamed.
  • The winners of the annual MLK Day essay contest will be recognized. 
  • The event and Silent March will conclude between 3:00-3:20 p.m. 
Service Opportunity! 
Come make a fleece tie blanket from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. in the Sneden Meeting Rooms!
The blankets will be donated to a local nonprofit.

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