FLINT — “The Past Is Behind Us — Where Do We Go From Here?” is the theme for the 38th annual citywide tribute dinner in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Riverfront Banquet Center.
This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Steve Perry, educational advocate, founder of the Capital Preparatory Schools and author of “Push Has Come To Shove: Getting Our Kids The Education They Deserve — Even If It Means Picking A Fight.”
Perry is a national icon in the education revolution, a change agent who works to provide equal and competitive opportunities for children who otherwise would not have a voice. His mission is to promote high-quality education with college opportunities for children in poverty.
Under Perry’s leadership, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut was cited in U.S. News and World Report as one of the top schools in the country. The school sends 100 percent of its predominantly low-income, minority, first-generation high school graduates to four-year colleges.
Also this year, the first place winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest for students in grades 6 through 12 will have an opportunity to read his or her essay. The essay contest theme is “Where Do We Go From Here?”
The 2017 tribute dinner is funded in part by the Loeb Charitable Trust/First Merit Bank. The event is cosponsored by Mott Community College, Baker College of Flint, Davenport University, MLive, Hamilton Community Health Network, HAP, Kettering University and the University of Michigan – Flint.
The dinner celebration is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $50 per person or $500 for sponsorship of a table of 10. Various sponsorship levels are available. For sponsorship information, call 810- 232-8590. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, Jan. 10, as limited seating is available. Tickets may be purchased online at mcceventsonline.com or by calling:
The Foundation for Mott Community College, 810-762-0425, Davenport University, 810-396-3635, or The University of Michigan – Flint, 810-766- 6633.