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Saginaw Valley State University has partnered with regional businesses, chambers of commerce and community foundations to work together to host a celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The fifth annual Great Lakes Bay Regional event will feature a peace march, keynote speaker and scholarship award ceremony.

2019 Event:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019  •  7 p.m.
Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts
Curtiss Hall, SVSU

Keynote Speaker

Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor to President Obama and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement (2009-2017)

As the Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama from 2009-2017, Valerie Jarrett oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.

During her career at the White House, she helped diverse groups of advocates with efforts to strengthen and improve access to middle class and championed equality and opportunity for all Americans. She also worked on campaigns to end sexual assault, empower working families and promote early childhood education.

Prior to serving in the White House, Jarrett was the CFO of The Humanity Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Jarrett received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University in 1978 and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

About the event

Attendees will include students, community supporters, business and civic leaders throughout the region. This collaborative effort of the Great Lakes Bay Region replaces several individual community events that have annually commemorated Dr. King, which is extremely beneficial to the various funders who support these events.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speeches

Famous speeches in history in today's voices.

Each year the recipients of the MLK Scholarship recite a memorable speech given by Dr. King.

"The Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Contact Us

(989) 964-4261(989) 964-4261

Sponsorship Information

(989) 964-4068


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