134 W. Michigan Ave


MLK Diversity Breakfast

Presented by The MLK Diversity Committee (a partnership between the Chamber, the Jackson County ISD, the Jackson Human Relations Commission, and other community members and organizations).

Meet and greet over 400 community leaders and students who participated in Challenge Day, hear an inspiring speech from our keynote speaker, all while honoring our youth as we remember and celebrate the birthday of a great icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

The mission of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Breakfast is to promote community collaboration to reflect Dr. King’s dream and to motivate youth for service and excellence.

17th Annual MLK Diversity Breakfast will be held on January 18, 2019, at Gene Davis & Sons. The keynote presenter will be Agustin Arbulu.

$35 per person
$45 per person after January 11, 2019
Sponsor: 30-day cancellation notice to be given to Chamber to receive a refund
24 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservations must be canceled 24 hours prior to the event or person will be charged as if attended. Those events with higher priced fees at the door will result in the higher fee being charged

2019 Keynote Speaker



Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu is the chief executive officer of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) and a member of the cabinet of Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan. He oversees a statewide workforce of more than 105, an annual budget of over $17 million and three offices in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit. MDCR serves as the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, enforcing the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and related disability laws in Michigan.


Dr. Arbulu also serves as Chair of the State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

During his tenure at MDCR, the Commission released its groundbreaking 2017 report, The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism Through the Lens of Flint. Dr. Arbulu is also leading an initiative centered on embedding racial equity within local government to reduce disparities affecting underserved communities.

Before joining MDCR, Dr. Arbulu held various senior management positions in an integrative, post-acute care network aimed at reducing re-hospitalization and maximizing patient satisfaction. 

Dr. Arbulu earned an executive doctorate degree in management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.  He also holds two MBAs – the first from Thunderbird School of Global Management and the second from Lawrence Technological University - as well as a JD from University of Detroit School of Law and an LLM in Taxation from New York University Law School.

Dr. Arbulu has been involved in a variety of civic and community organizations. He was President and Founder of the Hispanic Bar of Michigan and Hispanic Business Alliance and has served on a number of boards including Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Leadership Detroit and Lyric Chamber Ensemble. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph-Oakland Hospital, a part of Trinity Health System.  

In 2013 Dr. Arbulu was appointed to the Civil Rights Commission by Governor Snyder and held the office of Secretary and member of the Executive Council until October of 2015.