Martin Luther King Breakfast 2018
"The Time Is Always Right To Do What's Right.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thank You to All Attendees of Our 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporate Breakfast!
Our 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporate Breakfast was a great kick off the New Year! This sold-out event held at DeVos Place in Downtown Grand Rapids had 1,030 guests, and it was something to see!
On Monday, January 15 at DeVos Place, Downtown Grand Rapids for this inspiring community celebration honored not only the legacy of Dr. King, but also celebrated the spirit of diversity in the Grand Rapids community. Together we celebrated Dr. King’s legacy of service and were inspired to live out his dream today in our homes, the community and throughout the world. We also celebrated and honored trailblazing leaders in business and throughout the community who personify the Urban League’s mission of a more just, peaceful, equitable and thriving Grand Rapids.
We thank all that attended for your presence and for your continued support of this important event which makes the work of the Urban League possible. Like Dr. King, the Urban League believes that America's true strength lies in its diversity of talents and we welcome the opportunity to serve as the bridge joining both hearts and minds to accomplish the ultimate dream.
As always, your continued support is deeply appreciated.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Dr. Lisa Lowery, Chairperson invites you to the
75th Anniversary Gala, November 3, 2018.
Details to come.
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Excerpts from Dr. King’s Speech read by:
Samara Anderson • Joshua Beckford • Ari James • Mailynn Lamar
Ethan Mathias • Zane Morse • Makyli Simpson • Willow Tepper
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR AWARD WINNERS:
2018 Nolan Groce Business Leadership Award:
Helen Harp (and Larry Harp, posthumously) Owner, WDPW, 91.9 FM
and Eric K. Foster, Founder and Principal, Progressive Strategies+
2018 Paul I. Phillips Presidential Legacy Award:
Darius Quinn, Human Resources Manager, County of Kent and
Cheryl Schuch, Executive Director, Family Promise
2018 Drum Major for Justice Award:
Dr. David Pilgrim and the Jim Crow Museum, Ferris State University
THANK YOU TO THESE FIVE THOUGHTFUL LEADERS FOR AN INSPIRING FIRESIDE CHAT:
Mr. Jacob Maas, Chief Executive Officer, West MIWorks!
Mr. Patrick Lonergan, Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
Dr. Justin Jennings, Superintendent, Muskegon Public Schools
Ms. Tasha Blackmon, Chief Executive Officer-Elect, Cherry Health
Dr. David Pilgrim, Ferris State University/Jim Crow Museum
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
PREMIER TITLE SPONSOR:
Spectrum Health/Priority Health
Fifth Third Bank
Bethany Christian Services
Ferris State University
Mercy Health-Saint Mary’s
Ada Bible Church
Believe 2 Become
Blue Shield of Michigan
Consumers Credit Union
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Grand Valley State University
Kent County Convention Arena Authority – CIG
Warner, Norcross and Judd
Barnes and Thornburg
Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Kent County GOP
Mary Free Bed
MSU College of Human Medicine
PNC Bank Power
City of Grand Rapids
Committee to ElectFred Wooden
County of Kent
Dominican Sisters-Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Community College
Heart of West Michigan United Way
Inclusive Performance Strategies
Kids Food Basket
Kingdom Life Church
Mel Trotter Ministries
New Hope Baptist Church
Pepsi Beverages Company Pioneer Construction
Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge
The Cord Group
Urban Core Collective
Women’s Resource Center