Saginaw Valley State University has partnered with regional businesses, chambers of commerce and community foundations to work together to present a celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This seventh annual event will be held virtually and will feature a keynote speaker with a Q&A and presentation of the MLK Scholarship Awards and the regional Drum Major Awards.
Monday, January 18, 2021, 7 p.m.
Virtual Keynote Speaker
Van Jones, Political Contributor, CNN
Van Jones is a Yale-educated attorney who serves as president and founder of Dream Corps, a nonprofit focusing on social justice. He appears regularly on TV as a correspondent on CNN and a commentator on political talk shows such as NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
Previously, he worked as the green jobs advisor for President Barack Obama in 2009. In that role, he helped coordinate $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.
He authored three New York Times Bestsellers including “The Green Collar Economy, The Definitive Book on Green Jobs;” “Rebuild the Dream, a Roadmap for Progressives;” and “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.”
He received recognition over the years from several organizations. He was the recipient of the World Economic Forum’s "Young Global Leader" designation, Rolling Stone’s “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done,” Fast Company's “12 Most Creative Minds On Earth,” a Webby Special Achievement Award and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
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