Cornerstone Staff and Students Attend 18th Annual MLK Breakfast in Grand Rapids

01-18-2018

Pictured: Cornerstone University staff and students pose for a photo with 2018 Drum Major for Justice Award winner, Dr. David Pilgrim, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Ferris State University and founder of the Jim Crow Museum, one of the nation's largest collection of memorabilia from the Jim Crow era and beyond.

by Jordan Grooters (B.A. '17), Communications Coordinator

On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, several representatives from Cornerstone University attended a breakfast held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Hosted by the Urban League of West Michigan, the event honored the legacy of Dr. King and celebrated the spirit of diversity in the Grand Rapids community. Local event sponsors included organizations such as Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Priority Health, Chemical Bank, Mercantile Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Comerica Bank.

Helen Harp (B.S. '12, M.A. '16) was honored at the event and named the recipient of the 2018 Nolan Groce Business Leadership Award. Harp is the owner of WDPW, 91.9 FM, a not for profit corporation dedicated to bringing unity to the body of Christ by uplifting the Savior in music and Word ministry.

"The presence of such influential people in one room was pretty daunting but exhilarating at the same time," said Geren Albury (B.A. '16), a Cornerstone admissions counselor, who attended the breakfast. "I loved the straightforward 'fireside chat' pertaining to healthcare, education and workplace race relations. It prompted me to remain steadfast in my conversations regarding race and inclusion among my peers."

Cornerstone University is a Christ-centered university with a passion for global influence through the transforming power of the gospel. As an interdenominational institution located in Grand Rapids, Mich., Cornerstone offers traditional undergraduate programs as well as adult undergraduate and graduate programs through the Professional & Graduate Studies division, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Asia Biblical Theological Seminary.