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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration & Community Breakfast

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Each year, Lake Michigan College invites the community to join us to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy and the people who seek to follow in his footsteps. This year’s theme is “Rise Above the Narrow Horizons.”

Monday, January 21, 2019
7:45 to 10 A.M.

The Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall
1100 Yore Ave., Benton Harbor, MI 49022

RSVP by January 17 online, email Angela Kurtz or call (269) 927-6197

Keynote Speaker

Alonzo Kelly, President and CEO, Kelly Leadership Group. LLC

A dynamic executive coach, professor, three-time bestselling author and radio host, Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention as a premier consultant and strategist. Alonzo is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinking and planning to achieve individual and organizational goals.


This event will be streamed live on our YouTube channel!

Monday, January 21, 2019
Breakfast Begins at 7:45 A.M.
Danny Sledge, Master of Ceremonies

Welcome and Remarks

Dr. Trevor A. Kubatzke, President; Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees Chair; Congressman Fred Upton

Performances by

Lake Michigan College Choral Students; All God’s Children Community Choir; Overflow Church Worship Arts and Young Life Team

Keynote Address

Alonzo Kelly

Lake Michigan College Student Speaking Competition Winners


2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award Competition Winners


Closing Remarks


Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the Week

Volunteer Activities - January 22 and 23 

Volunteer activities will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 22 and 23 at the Hawk’s Nest second floor on the Benton Harbor Campus main building. 

LMC students will help assemble dried bean soup and rice packets for area food pantries and create tie blankets for area homeless shelters. 

Equality and Equity in Healthcare Town Hall Meeting - January 23 

On Wednesday, January 23, LMC students, employees and community will have the opportunity to hear Jerry Price, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for Spectrum Healthcare Lakeland, discuss how certain demographic groups were historically disenfranchised from the healthcare system and how those inequalities persist in healthcare today. The meeting takes place on the second floor of the Hawk's Nest on the Benton Harbor Campus main building from noon to 1:30.

Race Relations Council Forum – January 24 

On Thursday, January 24 from noon to 2 p.m. a Race Relations Council Forum will be held in the Hawk’s Nest on the Benton Harbor Campus. The panel will discuss Civil Rights and Voting Rights: Then and Now. Panelists and moderator include LMC Start-to-Finish Manager, Charmae Sanders (Moderator), Leonard Anderson, Harold Bragg, Sekenah Tennison. 

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