MLK Day

MLK Day observed in silent march at GVSU

Jan 15, 2018

Despite having the day off from class, and despite it being freezing and wet outside, hundreds of Grand Valley State University students and faculty turned out for a silent march across campus in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

“Ever since I have been here it’s been a silent march, because we want people to concentrate and really think about the moment and put themselves in the shoes of Dr. King and others,” Bobby Springer, the Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Grand Valley State University said. 

Zach Linewski / WGVU

As part of GVSU’s MLK Day celebration, twitter maven and racial inclusion advocate April Reign came to west Michigan. 

April Reign is best known for her hashtags #OscarSoWhite and #NoConfederate—which trended globally and yielded real Hollywood results. We sit down for an interview and she offers some tips, some insights, and even issues a calling. First, I ask why she chooses Twitter over other platforms.

KUOW.org / Naomi Ishisaka

Activist, Author and creator of the website BK Nation, Kevin Powell, was keynote speaker at Grand Valley State University’s Martin Luther King Day celebration. WGVU asked Powell about the future of race relations in America following the contentious 2016 Presidential Election.