Tickets still available for 65th Anniversary Civil Rights Celebration

Published on September 12, 2018

Braiding Generations Logo for the CRC's Anniversary

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Those interested in attending the City of Grand Rapids’ 65th Anniversary Civil Rights Celebration and Dinner Gala have a few more days to purchase tickets for this special event.

The Civil Rights Celebration and Dinner Gala is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at JW Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW. Tickets are $100 each and are available HERE.

The Gala is hosted by the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission (CRC). The event’s theme, “Braiding Generations: Past, Present and Future," celebrates and honors the past, looks at the present state of civil rights in Grand Rapids and helps shape and design the city’s future. The evening will include dinner, cash bar, live music, Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award presentations and keynote speaker Angela Rye. Rye is an attorney, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a commentator on CNN and an NPR analyst.

This year’s recipients of the Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award are:

  • Elias Lumpkins, former Grand Rapids Third Ward city commissioner
  • Nancy Haynes, executive director of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
  • Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, Kellogg community recruitment specialist at Grand Rapids Community College

For more information about the Gala, contact the CRC at 616.456.3027 or crc@grcity.us.