MLK Unity Breakfast

MCC Unity Breakfast Information – January 13, 2023 – Sold out for this event

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.


MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast
VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center
460 West Western Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440
Friday, January 13, 2023, 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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2023 MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast – Dr. Sampson Davis, Keynote Speaker

The 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast on Friday, January 13, 2023 will take the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center, in downtown Muskegon. In addition the event will feature a panel discussion on STEAM and diversifying STEAM fields following the keynote address. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Sampson Davis, Emergency Physician, TV Personality, and Humanitarian.

The STEAM panel will feature local leaders in diversifying the pipeline of youth entering the STEAM field.

Dr. Sampson Davis was raised as the fifth of six children in Newark, one of New Jersey’s poorest cities. As a child Dr. Davis grew-up in cramped living quarters, surrounded by fragmented families, crime, and drugs. Still, he was a good student, able to strike the fragile balance between being smart yet socially acceptable on the streets. It was this combination of skills, Dr. Davis says, that were most critical to his survival. While attending University High School in Newark, Dr. Davis met Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, two fellow students who together made a promise to become doctors. Dr. Davis and his two childhood friends each successfully fulfilled their pact and today Dr. Davis is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician.

Dr. Davis has appeared on numerous talk and radio shows including Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper 360, The View, Tavis Smiley and NPR as well as print publications including but not limited to Readers Digest, O Magazine, People, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today, Parade and Black Enterprise.

Ms. Winfrey also delivered the highest honor naming Dr. Davis, “The Premiere Role Models of the World”. In 2021, Dr. Davis received Seton Hall University’s highest honor being named with their Most Distinguished Alumnus award, “Many Are One”. Dr. Davis was additionally honored in 2000 with the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award and named one of their forty most inspirational African Americans in the country. He is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association’s highest honor, The Scroll of Merit, and was previously honored on 2009 BET Awards.

Dr. Davis is also author of “Living & Dying in Brick City–An E.R. Doctor Returns Home” which discusses Dr. Davis’ riveting experiences as an ER physician. The book will also offer preventative guidance as a means of supporting healthier communities.

In 2018 Dr. Davis co-authored the Stuff with Sharlee Jeter. Everyone has the strength to overcome any obstacle. This inner fortitude is what we refer to as the STUFF. The STUFF will help you discover the hidden strengths within yourself. This message burns brightly within the STUFF founders Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter. They’ve long been fascinated by individuals who thrive in spite of life’s harshest trials and for good reason: they’ve lived it.

Today Dr. Davis spends his time practicing medicine and traveling the country delivering keynote speeches with timely messages. Dr. Davis believes it is important to give education a sense of style and fashion. To glorify and glamorize education is the key. A face must be present, a concrete image that all individuals across America can draw inspiration from. Dr. Davis considers his 3 D’s, Dedication, Determination and Discipline, as the necessary ingredients to success.

Graduating with honors, Dr. Davis received his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the same hospital where he was born, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Today, Dr. Davis is a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician at several emergency departments in New Jersey. He has been a weekly correspondent on the Tom Joyner Morning Radio Show and CNN where he highlighted prevalent and lifechanging medical topics.

Dr. Davis has also co-authored three New York Times bestselling books entitled The Pact, We Beat the Street and The Bond.

For more information on the MLK Unity Breakfast, contact Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at

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