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Yamiche Alcindor to give MLK commemoration speech at GVSU virtual event

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Award-winning journalist and PBS Newshour's Whitehouse correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor, will take to Grand Valley State University's virtual stage during the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration program.

Alcindor will make her keynote speech, "The Legacy of MLK: Purpose, Truth and Justice," Monday, Jan. 18 over a zoom webinar. The event, which runs from 6:30-8:00pm is open to the West Michigan community. Online sign up can be found here.

Alcindor, who also serves as a political contributor to NBC and MSNBC, told WGVU she was excited to be apart of the day's festivities and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

"Not only is he a civil rights icon, not only is he someone who really was an example of how to lead a good life and a great life as an American. I also think as an African American I can personally thank him for some of the rights that I enjoy, because he was able to stand up and put his life on the line fighting for civil rights. I doubt that I’d be a Black woman covering the White House without Martin Luther King and so many others pushing for African Americans and all people in this country to be treated equally,” she said.

GVSU, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College united their resources to bring Alcindor to West Michigan. The group's week-long commemoration of King's life will also include a presentation from Isaiah McKinnon, former chief of police and deputy mayor of Detroit, titled "Policing from the Inside" on Thursday at 7:00pm.

 

  

  

Award-winning journalist and PBS Newshour's Whitehouse correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor, will take to Grand Valley State University's virtual stage during the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration program.

Alcindor will make her keynote speech, "The Legacy of MLK: Purpose, Truth and Justice," Monday, Jan. 18 over a zoom webinar. The event, which runs from 6:30-8:00pm is open to the West Michigan community. Online sign up can be found here.

Alcindor, who also serves as a political contributor to NBC and MSNBC, told WGVU she was excited to be apart of the day's festivities and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

"Not only is he a civil rights icon, not only is he someone who really was an example of how to lead a good life and a great life as an American. I also think as an African American I can personally thank him for some of the rights that I enjoy, because he was able to stand up and put his life on the line fighting for civil rights. I doubt that I’d be a Black woman covering the White House without Martin Luther King and so many others pushing for African Americans and all people in this country to be treated equally,” she said.

GVSU, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College united their resources to bring Alcindor to West Michigan. The group's week-long commemoration of King's life will also include a presentation from Isaiah McKinnon, former chief of police and deputy mayor of Detroit, titled "Policing from the Inside" on Thursday at 7:00pm.