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The 2017 MLK Celebration on Jan. 25, 2017 with Eric Holder

Annual Great Lakes MLK Event

On January 25, 2017, Saginaw Valley State University will host the Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King, Jr. event. Attendees will include students, community supporters, business and civic leaders throughout the region.

This collaborative effort of the Great Lakes Bay Region replaces several individual community events that have annually commemorated Dr. King. Now, partners and sponsors, including several businesses, regional chambers of commerce and community foundations will work together to host a celebration.

The keynote speaker will be Former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder.

President Barack Obama nominated Holder to be attorney general and the United States Senate confirmed his nomination on February 2, 2009. Holder began his service as the 82nd attorney general of the United States the following day. He was the first African American to serve in that position. He remained in office until April 27, 2015, becoming the third-longest-serving attorney general in the nation’s history.

While attorney general, the New York City native oversaw efforts to address critically important issues arising at the intersection of law and public policy, including national security investigations and prosecutions; landmark antitrust, environmental, fraud and tax cases; the defense of voting rights and marriage equality; and reform of the federal criminal justice system. In 2014, TIME magazine named Holder to its list of “100 Most Influential People,” stating he “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” After his departure from the Department of Justice, he returned to the law firm of Covington & Burling and is resident in their Washington, D.C., office.

This regional event will not only be a celebration of Dr. King, but also a celebration and recognition of youth in our communities. The community foundations, collectively, have established and implemented a scholarship opportunity to be awarded to high school seniors across the region who have demonstrated Dr. King's teachings. Previously, the community foundations have awarded as many as (15) $1,000 scholarships. 

The event is free and open to the public.