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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Guide

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

Grand Rapids | W.A. Lettinga Campus

January 15, 2024 | Event at Fountain Street Church - Grand Rapids

38th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Monday January 15, 2024

6:00 PM

Fountain Street Church

24 Fountain Street Northeast, Grand Rapids


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry


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

January 16, 2024 | Event at Davenport University, W.A. Lettinga Campus

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 

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. Melissa Harris-Perry, the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. 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 -6:00 p.m. in the Center for Learning and Engagement (CLE)!
The blankets will be donated to a local nonprofit.