2005 MLK Jr. Celebration

Gov. Jennifer Granholm and NPR broadcaster Ed Gordon were among many who braved chilly temperatures to join in a march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2005.  The march covered a route from Zumberge Library to the Fieldhouse, where Gordon and Granholm made remarks.

Granholm joined GVSU's King celebration

Grand Valley's Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) coordinated this year's MLK program. Oliver Wilson, Dean of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said he wants the entire community to be involved in making this the largest march ever held on Grand Valley's campus. "This invaluable opportunity is certainly a day for remembering what is important to society and creating community unity," said Wilson. "This MLK celebration will join together people of all ages, races, genders and religions. It can only add to the university's commitment to the principles of equal rights."

The celebration is titled "Honor the March and Inherit the Dream." Wilson continued, "The profound relevance of Dr. King's message for us today justifies this call to action and the importance of involving the entire campus community in this event."

The MLK march began at 1:45 p.m. at the front steps of Zumberge Library and continued to the Fieldhouse. The program included the Voices of GVSU and remarks by Ed Gordon, formerly of BET (Black Entertainment Television). He also worked for NBC and MSNBC. The Detroit native earned his bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Western Michigan University.

Gordon was recently hired by NPR to host a new public affairs program, "News & Notes with Ed Gordon." It will spotlight news, trends and issues involving the black community. The one-hour program will be carried weekdays on more than 80 public radio stations including WGVU.

Ed Gordon
Gov. Granholm and GVSU President Mark Murray

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