January 14, 2013
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI -- The 18th annual Lake Michigan College Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Award Ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21, at the LMC Mendel Center. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Continental breakfast will be provided starting at 7:45 a.m.
The celebration program begins at 8:15 a.m. and will feature keynote speaker Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell of Kalamazoo. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Hopewell has spent his entire adult career in the service of others. From his professional positions in healthcare to his board memberships and civic responsibilities, he is a fervent advocate for the Kalamazoo community and its citizens. First elected to the Kalamazoo City Commission in 2003, Hopewell has contributed his time and energy to comprehensive community economic development and public safety. Youth and leadership development have also been common threads in Hopewell’s career of volunteerism. To that end, he chaired the Leadership Kalamazoo Advisory Board and was president of the Kalamazoo County SAFE KIDS Coalition. He currently participates on the Kalamazoo Public School Teaching and Learning Council.
Winners of the first Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay Contest will present their essays during the celebration. Students were challenged to present their original, thoughtful and provocative voice in answering the question, “How has Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream evolved?” Winners of the competition are LMC students Robert Kerr, Paul Reissman, and Cindy Lupiya.
LMC will also present its twelfth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award during the program. There will also be musical selections performed by All God’s Children Community Choir, and Curtis and Casey Gulledge.
The registration deadline for the celebration is Friday, January 18. For more information or to register contact Kathy Tebell at (269) 927-6197.