Calendar of Events Honoring of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Judy RichardsonJudy Richardson, filmmaker and social justice advocate, is the keynote for the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Monday, January 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m., Ford Fieldhouse, Looking Back to Look Forward. Veteran of the original Civil Rights Movement and founding member of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Richardson began her film work as co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated, PBS series, Eyes on the Prize.

Her most recent film is Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968.  Everyone remembers the four white students slain at Kent State University in 1970, but most have never heard of the three black students killed in Orangeburg, South Carolina two years earlier.  This stirring investigative documentary restores that bloody tragedy to the history of the Civil Rights Movement after years of official denial.  The massacre occurred on the campus of South Carolina State College and involved more than 500 law enforcement officers and is one of the many overlooked corners of the Civil Rights Movement.

The film Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 will be presented twice through the Woodrick Diversity Center (Both showings will be in the Center’s conference room LRC room 122):

  • Thursday, January 13, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

In addition to the film viewing the following events are also taking place:

  • Sunday, January 16, 2011 | MLK Celebration Service | 6:00 PM
    Messiah Missionary Baptist Church | 513 Henry Ave SE | Grand Rapids 49503
  • Monday, January 17, 2011 | Community Peace March | 12:00 PM
    GRCC, assembles at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
  • Monday, January 17, 2011 | Community Peace Program | 12:30 – 1:30 PM
    Featuring performances by GRCC & KISD students
  • Monday, January 17, 2011 | 25th Annual Commemoration Program | 6:30 -8:30 PM
    GRCC, Ford Fieldhouse

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