Annual Legacy Event

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2180 44th St SE, Suite 205, Kentwood, MI 49508

616.570.2010 (Grand Rapids)  ​

In recognition of Black History Month, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan will host their annual Legacy events in February 2018. Join us as we celebrate our scholarship recipients, community leaders, and business partners at this event. We promise to leave you enriched, enlightened and joyfully connected. This year’s dynamic keynote speaker is Emmy Award-winning journalist/television personality, author, and ninth generation descendent to President Thomas Jefferson,

Mr. Shannon LaNier.
Although the Legacy Events originated as a small community gathering to celebrate National Black History Month, it has advanced communities in the following areas:

  • Awarded more than $100,000 to students in scholarships across the State of Michigan
  • Honored outstanding community leaders and business partners that gave back to their communities
  • Utilized Black-owned businesses and services to assist in making this signature event a continued success
  • Encouraged diversification from local communities to participate in the richness of Black History Month with the theme:

          “Black History is Everybody’s History”
Highlights Include:

  • Student Scholarships
  • Networking
  • Keynote Speaker – Shannon LaNier, co-author of the book: Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family
  • Encouraging community participation with the theme: “Black History is Everybody’s History”
  • Souvenir Event Booklet

Legacy Luncheon Scholarship

All applications are to be submitted by January 25, 2018. Completeness ensures your application will be reviewed properly. Two students in both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo (one high school student and one undergraduate student) will be awarded a $500 scholarship.Students MUST be available to publicly receive their scholarship during their city's Legacy Luncheon event. Scholarship can be completed online at ​​