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GVSU hosting community workshop with Patrisse Cullors Wednesday

Today, Our Kitchen Table remembers the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. May we all move forward in that spirit of justice and compassion throughout 2016.

cullorsIn conjunction with GVSU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week Celebration, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors, will facilitate a dialogue with local community activists about organizing for social justice  from 3 to 4 p.m.on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Grand Valley State University Pere Marquette Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale campus.

Community activists and organizers who would like to attend should RSVP to Melissa Baker-Boosamra, GVSU Office of Student Life (bakerbme@gvsu.edu). Your RSVP will also grant you a parking pass.

Following the community workshop, Ms. Cullors will present a 4:30 p.m. keynote presentation in the Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale campus, which will be simulcast to an audience at Eberhard Center, Telecommunications Auditorium, Pew Campus, Grand Rapids.

On Saturday Jan. 28, Our Kitchen Table will host a group of GVSU students as part of the commemoration’s MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity. For a list of all the week’s events, click here.





MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity to include OKT Food Justice class


Patrisse Cullors, a founder of Black Lives Matter, will speak at GVSU on Jan. 20.

Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center is putting a broader spin on this year’s service day commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s work for civil rights. For one, it has an updated name, MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity. Traditionally, the event has had the goal of educating students about the Civil Rights movement and inspiring them to serve their communities in the spirit of social change. In addition, students will have opportunity to experience solidarity through some of the service projects being offered.


Our Kitchen Table is offering one of those opportunities. One group of Grand Valley students involved in the day’s activities will travel to OKT’s offices at Garfield Park where they will engage in a three-hour Food Justice class. OKT’s goal is to raise awareness of the Food Justice movement and enlist students to play an active role in it.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is one event in a week-long commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Patrisse Cullors the Los Angeles-based social activist who, with two other people, started BlackLivesMatter in 2013 will give a presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus, which will be simulcast to an audience in the Eberhard Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Touré, well-known author and social commentator, will present the keynote speech on Monday Jan. 18 in the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus. Click here for a full schedule of events.