Grand Rapids is joining the rest of the country with several events today to remember Martin Luther King Jr.

Grand Valley State University will hold a silent march in Allendale at 1PM from Zumberge Hall to the GVSU Fieldhouse. After the march, GVSU welcomes speaker April Reign at the GVSU Fieldhouse at 1:30PM. Reign is an attorney and writer who lives in Washington, D.C. In 2015, she sent a tweet critical of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony and lack of people of color nominated in major acting and directing categories. Her "#OscarsSoWhite" tweet went viral. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences later changed its membership policies and voting rules.

GVSU will also hold a panel discussion today titled "#WhereDoWeGoFromHere?" from 2:30PM - 3:30PM in Kirkhof Center rooms 2215/2216.

Reign will speak again tonight at Fountain Street Church at 6PM.

Calvin College will host a march today on campus from 10:20AM - 11:00AM. The march will leave from the chapel entrance.

  • “The Work That Is Still To Be Done: The Importance Of Studying Intergroup Relations” by Jordan Daley of the Center for Social Research at the Commons Annex Lecture Hall from 11:10AM - Noon.
  • “Why Are All The Black Kids Still Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race” by Beverly Daniel Tatum at 12:30PM.