MLK Jr. Celebrations

January 12, 2018 Leave a Comment


You’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the life and work of Dr. King during the month of January, especially if you take a short day trip to Phoenix. Start the weekend on Friday morning at 7 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center for the MLK Awards Breakfast. It’s where local leaders who are “living the dream” are honored at a decadent breakfast. All proceeds go to the Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center, including scholarships awarded to area students.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King MLK March and Festival kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix for the 9 a.m. march. The festival continues at Margaret T. Hance Park at 10 a.m., free for all attendees. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled gathering.

Nearby Celebrations

Head to Scottsdale for their annual MLK Dinner at Henkel Corporation. For over 20 years, this yearly feast has celebrated the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Call 480-312-1926 to reserve tickets and your table. Taking place the Wednesday prior to MLK Jr. Day, it’s the perfect way to get into the spirit and help support local non-profits.

In Surprise, Arizona, the Day of Celebration and Service starts with a free breakfast at 8:30 a.m. (arrive early!) followed by a 9:45 a.m. program. Volunteer activities are available on site from landscaping to food sorting, painting to picking up litter. There’s no need to register in advance—simply show up and register to spend your day in service.

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