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Black Gala – 2023

the Black Gala HARLEM NIGHTS Instagram Facebook-f Youtube Shhh! Speak “easy” The 3rd Annual Black Gala fundraiser is approaching. You won’t want to miss what we have in store! Gala INFORMATION DATE: December 9, 2023 TIME: Doors Open at 7:00 PM LOCATION: Haworth Hotel at Hope College – 225 College Avenue, Holland   Want to support […]

Juneteenth – 2023

https://iamacademymi.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Eventbrite-1.mp4 Join us as we host our 3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival in Holland!  This community welcome event will take place from June 10 – June 19 Freedom Festival activities include: 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament DJ & Live music by National Recording Artist, STEVEN MALCOLM Local Talent Community Speakers Food Vendors Business Vendors Live […]

“Our Dream” – A Student Poem

Our Dream Oscar – 10th grade   “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” That was the day Martin Luther King Jr. said “I have a dream” And we are that dream Power and voice bend mountains Knowing […]

The Truth of the Dream – A Student Poem

“The Truth of The Dream” Connor Saeteurn – 11th Grade   “I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, Sweltering with the heat of oppression will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.” – Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963 […]

2024 MLK Day Essay Contest

Quantity is Not the PurposeWritten by Leila S. in 10th Grade   I am America’s poster child for a high school student. I make good grades, never miss a deadline, and in my free time, I read. And, under my academic exterior, is just a girl trying to figure out life. A girl that can […]

2023 MLK Day Student Essays

Tik…Tok…Written by Sofia A. in 11th Grade Tik…Tok…Tik…Tok… The sound of the clock is always ticking, everywhere you go. From the doctor’s office to sitting in a classroom the clock is always ticking. Martin Luther King’s waiting room was the United States, traveling from city to city trying to fix the injustices towards African Americans […]

2022 Art Exhibit

Saturday, March 19, 2022 I AM Academy collaborated with Holland Area Arts Council, CultureWorks Transformative Art + Design Academy, Kellie J Photography, and the Holland Museum to bring you “A year of Ubuntu.” This project is multifaceted as we bring together multiple organizations and various art mediums. I AM Academy students took some photography lessons […]

2023 MLK Day

MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION CELEBRATING A LEGACYENVISIONING THE FUTURELIVING THE JUBILEEWITH OUR COMMUNITY Previous slide Next slide January 16, 2023 On a rainy cold Saturday, I AM Academy founders, Henry and Lindsay Cherry welcomed a sold out gathering from the Holland community, to the Holland Civic Center for a celebration and commemoration of the life […]

Our Story

Photo of Lindsay and Henry Cherry close together with faces toward camera and Lindsay's hand on Henry's chest

Growing up in the area ourselves, we all knew that there were many missed opportunities, safe spaces where we felt like we belong, and hardly any adults who looked like us.