MLK Jr. Holiday Commission Receives $155,000 in Donations and Holds 33rd Annual Luncheon

The Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission received $155,000 from area businesses on Friday, Jan. 12. The total gifts will help the Commission’s work to support equality, diversity and social justice while focusing on pressing needs in the area: literacy, youth violence, hunger, education, community enrichment and mentoring.

The presentation included representatives from businesses who donated or gave in-kind support, including Cinnaire, MacDonald Broadcasting, Jackson National Life, Dean Trailways, MSUFCU and AT&T. LAFCU was also recognized for its diversity sponsorship.

Presentation of the checks for area donations was followed by the Commission’s 2018 MLK Jr. Luncheon, which took place on Monday, Jan. 15 at the Lansing Center, with an attendance of nearly 1,500 people. “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope,” words spoken by King in 1968, covered as the theme of the event.

Diane Nash, a pioneer of the non-violent American civil rights movement, was the keynote speaker for the luncheon. Nash helped coordinate the Freedom Rides to desegregate interstate travel, was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and chaired the first successful campaign to desegregate student lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. She also worked to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

At the event, Grammy Award-winning gospel music recording artist and Detroit Native CeCe Winans performed, and winners of the $20,000 in college scholarships and awards for the 6-11th grade essay contests were recognized.

Greater Lansing’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is a nonprofit, appointed-body, made up of volunteers dedicated to preserving the legacy and teachings of King. The commission supports community agencies and empowers youth to achieve their educational goals.

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