Numerous activities are planned during January, all of which are designed to encourage all ages, ethnicities, cultures, races and genders to participate and to focus on fulfilling a dream.
For general event information, contact Gene Blue 602-254-5081 or email . Check back periodically for any updates to the schedule of events.
MLK INTERFAITH PRAYER BREAKFAST
8:00am Friday, Dec 6 @ Steele Indian Park Memorial Hall, 3rd St & Indian School Rd
This interfaith event serves as a day of thanksgiving to all higher powers for allowing longevity and growth for the wonderful partners and participants that have joined and supported the Arizona MLK Celebration over the years and for the wisdom imparted by community speakers. Keynote speaker: Rev. Terry Mackey. Contact 602-513-8311.
MLK BASKETBALL CLASSIC
Jan 13-18 @ Eastlake Park 1549 E. Jefferson Street
The event educates and reinforces the value of team participation and cooperation, bringing participants together across cultures and breaking down boundaries for a common goal – all in the name of good, clean fun. Open tournament for 18 and up with double-elimination championship game on Jan 18. Contact 602-262-6759.
Registration details coming soon!
TORCH RUN | MLK AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFAST
6:30am Thursday, Jan 16 @ Sheraton Phoenix Downtown 340 N 3rd Street
In partnership with City of Phoenix Human Relations Committee, area citizens who have strived to foster positive, recognizable change in making the community a better one in which to live are nominated by their peers for the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award, Living The Dream awards and a Legacy Award. The event kicks off with the MLK Torch Run. For more information call 602-513-8311.
MLK CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY CONCERT
6:00pm Sunday, Jan 19 @ Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 15th & Jefferson streets
Youth from across the Valley are brought together to participate in the Candlelight Mass Choir which culminates in a truly unforgettable Gospel experience. The youth are recognized not only throught musical voices but instrumental prowess, dance, recitations and more. Various guest speakers are featured and scholarship recipients recognized.
COMMUNITY DAY OF SERVICE
Monday, Jan 20 @ Various Locations
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that questions by coming together during the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. More details to come.
9:00am Monday, Jan 20 @ Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 15th Street & Jefferson
Arizona citizens – young, old, of all nationalities and of varying Valley organizations – take part in a march symbolic of King's 1968 march. Led by City officials and community dignitaries, such as the Mayor. The March starts at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (assemble at 8:30am) and culminates at Margaret T. Hance Park for a Festival.
10:00am-4:00pm Monday, Jan 20 @ Margaret T. Hance Park, 3rd & Moreland streets
The MLK March culminates at Margaret T. Hance Park for a Festival where the life of Dr. King and historical civil rights events are remembered and celebrated. Different cultures interact through numerous vendors, entertainment, cuisine and a health fair. For more information on the March contact Marquis Scott 602-6955-3837. For Festival, please contact Lanette Campbell at 623-282-1555 or .
MLK YOUTH ART EXHIBIT
This invitational art exhibit allows future leaders the opportunity to depict the imagination and understanding of King's dream.
MLK YOUTH CELEBRATION
Saturday, Jan 25 @ Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium, 1202 W Thomas Rd
This event – the 51st annual celebration – presented by Phoenix College NAACP/Black Student Union, offers workshops and enrichment, youth networking, educational displays and entertainment. For more information or to be involved (vendor, volunteer, performer), contact Dr. Camilla Westenberg 602-330-3249 or Billy Ramsey 480-225-2808.