Many Grand Rapids Public Schools Alumni, like Marshall Purnell, have done amazing things since their time in Grand Rapids.
Marshall has a long list of successes in his career as an architect but one of his most impactful moments included working on the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C.
He can remember where he was when he learned that Martin Luther King, Jr. had passed and the assignment to write an original poem about his impact.
On this day, we celebrate the triumphs that Martin Luther King, Jr. had on not only us as a foundation, but on students like Marshall. We also remember how important our public schools are in the trajectory of our scholars.
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