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Martin Luther King III Guest Speaker At Annual Arizona MLK Awards Celebration

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

Son Of Late Civil Rights Icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., His Wife, Other Distinguished Guests Make Remarks During Phoenix Event

The Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee is excited to announce that Martin Luther King III and his wife, Arndrea King, are guest speakers at the 36th Annual Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Believe in the Dream" Celebration. The virtual event will broadcast at 10am Jan. 14, 2022.

King and his wife will be in Arizona for a voting rights event scheduled for January 15, 2022. They join other notable guests, such as Arizona Congressmen Greg Stanton and Ruben Gallego. This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Warren Stewart Sr., who is widely known for his leadership in establishing an Arizona State Holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – which he writes about in his book, Victory Together for Martin Luther King Jr.

The Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center (AZOIC), headed by President and CEO Dr. Gene Blue, who manages the Arizona MLK Celebration Committee, said: “God is good. To have the son of this great civil rights leader speak at our 36th year celebration is a true blessing. And, to additionally have Pastor Warren Stewart keynote our 2022 celebration, tells us that we are doing something right.”

The events and activities chair of the Arizona MLK Celebration, Ron Williams, stated: “A greater power is definitely shining on us in Arizona. We are so honored that the King family responded yes to our invitation to participate. And, we’re thrilled to partner with the great team at the City of Phoenix. The Phoenix Human Relations Commission, and Equal Opportunity Department have been awesome to work with. My co-chair, Valerie Churchwell, and I are looking forward to an exciting program.”

The celebration is presented by PetSmart and Verizon. Other top sponsors and supporters include: The City of Phoenix, Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) and Mercy Care. Watch the 2022 program at 10am, Friday, Jan. 14, online at An electronic program also will be available for viewing.

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