Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Surprise, Phoenix, Arizona State University Hosting Tributes to Dr. King
Arizona continues to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most impactful civil rights leaders that our world has ever seen.
PhxSoul.com has organized a list of January 2020 festivals, parades and other celebrations in the Phoenix area that will recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We encourage everyone to bookmark this page and make plans to not only attend but to get involved in making these events as successful as possible.
Each January, the City of Chandler holds a series of events to honor the community’s heritage and diversity, along with the spirit, ideals, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement. Here are some of the events:
Chandler Multicultural Festival
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 | Noon – 6 p.m.
Downtown Stage | Free Admission
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy for an amazing evening featuring two stages packed with lively performances. Cultural art and food and beverage vendors will have items for sale.
New this year is an Asian Village at the Community Center and “Drinks Around the World” tasting stations.
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Mesa MLK Parade – 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020 – 11 AM
Parade begins on Martin Luther King Jr. Way & Center Street in Mesa
The Community is invited to join the City of Mesa and the Mesa MLK Committee in celebration of the Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 20, 2020. Community groups, organizations, businesses, churches, dance groups, bands, and regional cities will stroll in Downtown Mesa during this community event.
For vendor applications and more information, visit https://www.mesaaz.gov/things-to-do/martin-luther-king-jr-parade.
In 2020, the Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee will celebrate its 34rd year of promoting cultural diversity, awareness and unity as it seeks to involve all Arizonans in recognizing the legacy or Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the contributions he left to the world in his quest for equality for all people.
Arizona MLK Awards Breakfast
January 16, 2020
Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, 340 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Phoenix Human Relations Commission, in collaboration with the Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department, recognizes the accomplishments of people who have made an impact on the quality of life of Phoenix residents and contributed significantly to creating a compassionate and socially just community with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living The Dream Awards and Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MARCH & FESTIVAL
The 2020 MLK Celebration is a long-standing tradition of the Arizona Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, with a series of events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Join the City of Phoenix along with city leaders, schools, local businesses, churches and community organizations, as we pay homage to this great Civil Rights leader on Monday, January 20, 2020.
The MLK March will begin at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church on 15th Street /Jefferson Steet and end at Hance Park. Assemble at 8:30 AM as March begins promptly at 9:00 AM
The MLK Festival runs from 10AM to 4PM, Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ
Annual MLK Dinner Celebration
January 16, 2020
5:00PM – Registration
6:00PM – Dinner
Embassy Suites Scottsdale Resort
5001 N Scottsdale Rd,
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
MLK DINNER CELEBRATION hosted by Community Celebrating Diversity
ASU Head Football Coach Herm Edwards will be the 2020 Keynote Speaker. Coach Edwards was named the 24th head coach of Sun Devil Football, as announced by Arizona State University and Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson on December 3, 2017. He spent 10 seasons in the NFL as a cornerback between the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams, followed by another 18 years as a scout, position coach, assistant and head coach between the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets. He made the playoffs four times as an NFL head coach. Edwards has been recognized by multiple organizations for his work in the community.
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Coded Messages and Songs of the Underground Railroad
January 15 starts at 6:30 PM
Performing Arts Center, Valley Vista High School, Lecture Hall
15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise
Dr. Tamika Sanders will lead a presentation that depicts the ingenuity and resiliency used by all parties involved in the Underground Railroad to help more than 100,000 slaves escape to freedom.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service
January 18 starts at 8:30 AM
Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise
The city of Surprise is hosting a day of celebration and service at Surprise City Hall. Various sponsor exhibit booths and health and wellness resources will be available for the community.
Kenja Hassan, Director of Cultural Relations in Arizona State University’s Office of Government and Community Engagement, will be the keynote speaker. ABC15 news anchor Steve Irwin will serve as emcee. The day will feature breakfast, musical performances and a service project.
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22nd Annual MLK Diversity Awards Breakfast
Friday, January 17
Tempe Marriott at the Buttes
2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe 85282
Check-in Time is 7:30am
Event begins at 8:00am
All are invited to attend the 22nd Annual MLK Diversity Awards Breakfast. Each year the Tempe Human Relations Commission honors local individuals, businesses, and community groups that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in Tempe. The 22nd Annual Diversity Awards presentation will include a breakfast, entertainment, and a keynote speech by Erica Maxwell, Arizona Department of Education’s first-ever Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The cost of the event is $10, and RSVPs are required.
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Arizona State University
January 20-25, 2020
Arizona State University will host its 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2020. Tributes and recognition of Dr. King and the achievements of the civil rights movement have been celebrated at ASU since long before the creation of a state holiday in Arizona. A highlight of the celebration is the recognition and awards ceremony for the Arizona K-12 students who are winners of the statewide essay-poster contest. A children’s march on the West campus and other events are also held.
Find more details on ASU MLK events at asu.edu/mlk.
All events subject to change without notice.