On January 16, 2013, Saginaw Valley State University will host the Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King, Jr. 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. Now, partners and sponsers, including several businesses, regional chambers of commerce and community foundations will work together to host a celebration.
The keynote speaker will be Award-winning NPR journalist Michele Norris, host of NPR’s program “All Things Considered”, and author of “The Grace of Silence,” a memoir focusing on America’s perceptions of race and reaching into the past to uncover secrets within her own family. This regional event will not only be a celebration of Dr. King, but also a celebration and recognition of youth in our communities. The community foundations, collectively, have established and implemented a scholarship opportunity to be awarded to high school seniors across the region who have demonstrated Dr. King's teachings. Previously, the community foundations have awarded as many as (15) $1,000 scholarships.
The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required through the SVSU Box Office. Seating is limited and general; tickets are first request/first serve.