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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 info@azmlk.org. Check back periodically for any updates to the schedule of events.


Friday, Dec 5 @ Carver Museum and Cultural Center 415 E. Grant Street

This interfaith event serves as a day of thanksgiving to all higher powers for allowing longevity and growth for the winderful partners and participants that have joined and supported the Arizona MLK Celebration over the years and for the wisdom imparted by community speakers. This year's inductees of the Morehouse Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapter include Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. and Dr. Gene C. Blue.


January 12-16 @ Eastlake Park 1401 E. Jefferson Street

As many as 14 teams, consisting of young and old players from the Phoenix area, participate in a double-ellimination tournament. The event educates and reinforces the value of team participation and cooperation, brining participants together across cultures and breaking down boundaries for a common goal – all in the name of good, clean fun. Contact Marcus McGuire at 602-262-6759.



Friday, Jan 16 @ Hyatt Regency 122 N. 2nd Street

In partnership with City of Phoenix Human Relations Committee, area citizens who have stived 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 602-254-5081. 

Click here to purchase tickets  |  Click here for MLK Torch Run route.



Saturday, Jan 17 @ Various Locations

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: "Life's most persistent and urgent questions 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. Contact Roberto Frietz at 602-261-8154 or Ray Buchanan 602-5344-2274.



6:00pm Sunday, Jan 18 @ Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 14th Street & Jefferson

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.



9:00am Monday, Jan 19 @ Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 14th 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 many City officials, including the Governor and Mayor. The March starts at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (assemble at 8:30am) and culminates at Margaret T. Hance Park for a Festival. Click here for March route



10:00am-4:00pm Monday, Jan 19 @ Margaret T. Hance Park, 3rd Street & Moreland

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 and Festival, please contact Lanette Campbell at 623-282-1555 or info@azmlk.org.



Jan 22 - Feb 20 @ Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower - Mezzanine Lobby

This invitational art exhibit allows future leaders the opportunity to depct the imagination and understanding of King's dream. The opening reception is January 22 from 4:30-6pm. Contact Bob Shogren at 602-364-2248 for more information.


MLK YOUTH CELEBRATION:  The Dialogue: Youth On Issues Today

9:00am-4:00pm Saturday, Jan 31 @ Phoenix College, 12th Avenue & Thomas

This event, presented by Phoenix College NAACP/Black Studen Union and with a hahtag theme of #OurYouthMatter, offers workshops and enrichment, youth networking, educational displays and entertainment. For more information or to be involved as a vendor, volunteer or entertainer, contact Phoenix College NAACP/BSU.


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