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Phoenix Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy - 2014

Festivals and Events Celebrating Diversity


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.

MLK Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

Each year on the third Monday of January citizens of our country take time to recognize and celebrate the birth, the life and the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some of the events being held in the greater Phoenix area where you can take time out to acknowledge the value of diversity, the progress we've made toward freedom and equality for all people, and continued efforts to strengthen our communities.


  • Chandler Multicultural Festival
    Chandler Public Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St.
    Celebrates the cultural diversity of the community through music, dance, art, storytelling, and arts/crafts. Free admission.
    In 2014: Saturday, January 18

  • HomeBase Poetry
    Ovations LIVE! Showroom, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler
    Celebrate MLK Day with Phoenix’s preeminent spoken word performers. HomeBase Poetry has built a reputation for positive upbeat entertainment with a strict no negativity policy and an energetic vibe. Tickets start at $20.
    In 2014: Sunday, January 19



  • Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series: Bruce Thomas
    Glendale Community College, Student Union building, Room 104E,  6000 W. Olive Ave.
    Free admission and parking. Professor Bruce Thomas will present "My Life as a Crow." Professor Thomas will connect the unjust Jim Crow laws that were prevalent in America from the 1880's through the 1960's. Two identical presentations at noon and 6 p.m.
    In 2014: Wednesday, January 22
  • MLK Dinner Banquet

    Marriott Hotel & Resorts, 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa
    Reception, dinner, keynote speaker.
    In 2014: Saturday, January 18

  • Interfaith Candlelight  & Prayer Service
    Mesa High School, 1630 E. Southern Ave., Mesa A multi-cultural and non-denominational service with music and guest speakers.
    In 2014: Monday, January 20

  • MLK Parade
    Downtown Mesa
    Theme: "Many Faces, One Community." The parade will begin at the Mesa Arts Center. 11 a.m.
    In 2014: Monday, January 20

  • Community Festival
    Mesa Arts Center
    The Mesa MLK Festival begins immediately after the parade.Community celebration including music, dance, food.
    In 2014: Monday, January 20

  • MLK Basketball Classic
    Grand Canyon University, Phoenix
    High school boys and girls teams compete.
    In 2014: Monday, January 20
  • MLK Youth Art Exhibit
    Arizona State Capitol, Phoenix
    In 2014: January 10 - February 7

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Torch Run
    The Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Awards Breakfast is preceded by a 3.5 mile “Flame of Hope” Torch Run through downtown Phoenix. Starts at 6 a.m.
    In 2014: Friday, January 17
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Awards Breakfast
    The event recognizes citizens with the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement award and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award who have made Phoenix a better place to live through a lifelong commitment to creating a compassionate and socially just society. Proceeds will benefit Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) and scholarships to deserving students in the Phoenix community. Call for information 480-767-3877. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix.
    In 2014: Friday, January 17 at 7 a.m.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King MLK March and Festival
    Assemble at 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 East Jefferson Street. Festival at 10 a.m. at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park. For more information, call 602-495-0950.
    In 2014: Monday, January 20
  • ASU's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
    Join ASU MLK Celebration Committee and Changemaker Central in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in your community. Three volunteer opportunities offered. Light refreshments provided. No charge to participate, but registration is required.
    ASU Student Union, Tempe
    In 2014: Saturday, January 18

  • MLK Diversity Awards Brunch
    The Buttes Resort, Tempe
    Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Matthew Whitaker, ASU Foundation Professor of History and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. 9 a.m.
    In 2014: Monday, January 20

  • Regional Unity Walk
    Various starting locations.
    Walking for unity in our communities to promote mutual respect and understanding. Families, community organizations, scout groups, schools, and faith groups are encouraged to participate. Walkers are encouraged to carry signs and banners representing their groups. No registration required. Free.
    In 2014: Saturday, February 1
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  • Weekend of Service Projects
    Various Phoenix area locations
    To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. HandsOn Greater Phoenix lists various community service projects for MLK Day. Each project has details, including minimum age for participation.
    In 2014: Saturday, January 18 through Monday, January

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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