Movie spurs MLK discussion


Celebration Cinemas! throughout the state are hosting a special tribute on Martin Luther King Day.

In Grand Rapids, Celebration Cinema Studio Park will feature a panel discussion on Jan. 20 after a screening of the film “Just Mercy.”

It will be hosted in collaboration with Amplify GR, the Christian Reformed Church Race Relations committee, Metro Health and GR Initiatives for Leaders. The post-film conversation will be facilitated by Pastor Julian Newman from Tribes Church.

Panelists will include:

  • Holly Honig-Josephson, vice president, Humanity for Prisoners
  • Judge Christina Elmore, 17th District Court
  • Jeshua Lauka, attorney, David, Wierenga & Lauka PC
  • Alexandria Vaughn-Earvin, Forest Hills Central High School senior
  • Senita Lenear, 3rd Ward city commissioner
  • Michael Daniels, executive director, Ingenium

Movie and discussion times are available at or at the box office.

“For years, our company has highlighted a variety of current or special event films on MLK Day to encourage reflection on our history and the continuing civil rights work in this country,” said Emily Loeks, community affairs director. “‘Just Mercy’ is a great choice for this year. We are happy that the film’s wide release makes it available in all of our first-run Michigan theaters.”

Celebration Cinema’s theaters in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Okemos, Muskegon, Mount Pleasant, Portage and Benton Harbor will be offering a discount price of $5 for all show times of the new film on Jan. 20.

The film is about a young civil rights attorney, who upon graduating from Harvard, declined lucrative jobs to go to Alabama to defend individuals who were wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper legal representation.

The lead actors are Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx.

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