MLK Unity Breakfast

MCC Unity Breakfast Information – June 10, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Each year Muskegon Community College hosts a county-wide breakfast in celebration of the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This event brings students, community leaders, organizations, and local residents together to hear from current freedom activists as they maintain the foundation of Dr. King’s beliefs.  The goal of the MLK Unity Breakfast is to promote equality and justice for all people.

This event is SOLD OUT! It is not possible to purchase tickets at this point. We apologize for any inconvenience.

2022 MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast – Donna Brazile, Keynote Speaker

The 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast on Friday, June. 10, 2022 will see a move of the event to the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center, in downtown Muskegon. In addition the event will move to a half day conference format with back to back breakout sessions following the keynote address. The keynote address by Donna Brazile, a Washington DC political strategist and regular national news contribute will provide a comprehensive picture of what’s going on in our nation’s capital

To purchase a reserved table of 8 for $300, please contact dan.rinsema-sybenga@muskegoncc.edu.

The breakout sessions following the breakfast will feature two sessions. The first will be “Benefits of an Inclusive Workplace Culture” led by the recently appointed MCC Chief Diversity Officer Ken James. The second session will be “Understanding Racial Healthcare Disparities” and will be led by Alexis Sims Dye, who was appointed by Governor Whitmer as the chair of the health committee of the Michigan Black Leadership Advisory Council, and Mickey Wallace, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Healthwest.

Brazile is the former interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She became the first African American woman to serve as the manager of a major party presidential campaign, running the campaign of former Vice President Al Gore. She is the author of the 2004 best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics and the 2017 New York Times Bestseller Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump In The White House. She is a co-author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, which won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction. Ms. Brazile is a contributor to the recently published 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019.

Brazile has lectured at over 237 colleges and universities across the country. In 2013, Ms. Brazile was appointed by President Obama to serve on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Brazile has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University since 2002 and spent the fall of 2017 serving as a Joan Shorenstein fellow in Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University.

For more information on the MLK Unity Breakfast, contact Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at daniel.rinsema-sybenga@muskegoncc.edu.

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January 2022 Panel Discussion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Impact 

A panel discussion, titled “The Timeless Impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Local Reflections,” was taped on Jan. 14 in recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. The video appears below.

While MCC had to postpone its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast from January 14 until June 10, organizers wanted to offer a tribute to the legacy of Dr. King on the holiday. The four panelists who  met on the MCC campus to share their personal thoughts are:

  • Ken James, Chief Diversity Officer, Muskegon Community College
  • Kimberley Sims, Former Mayor/Community Advocate
  • Darius Mitchell, Director of Housing and Economic Security for the Urban League of West Michigan
  • Nicholas Budimir, Sociology Instructor, Muskegon Community College

For more information on the panel discussion, contact Ken James at (231) 777-0671 or at kenneth.james@muskegoncc.edu.

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we are also sharing the video “100 Years of the NAACP in Muskegon County.”