Arizona celebrates civil rights

Arizona has the distinction of being one of the last states to adopt the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.

While some say we’ve yet to make enough progress in the area of civil rights, plenty of Arizonans are eager to celebrate MLK, Jr. Day on Monday.

Families have all sorts of options — from events taking place at local arts venues, community centers and museums to events taking place at Arizona colleges and universities.

Those who prefer to spend MLK, Jr. Day doing community service can check with volunteer organizations about available opportunities to assist with projects ranging from trash pick up to assembling care packages for folks in need.

The following links will help you find ways to celebrate MLK, Jr. Day with your family — this weekend and throughout the month of January:

Performing arts venues holding MLK, Jr. Day celebrations include Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Mesa Arts Center.

Universities holding MLK, Jr. Day celebrations include Arizona State University (which has diverse events taking place all month), Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.

UA in Tucson holds “The Power of a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. March and Festival” Mon, Jan 17 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

The event kicks off with a welcome on the UA Mall, followed by a 9am march from the UA Mall to Reid Park. Festival activities take place 10:30am-4pm.

UA notes that the 2011 march and festival “will honor Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of the shooting that occured on Jan. 8.”

ASU festivities include an awards ceremony for K-12 winners of a statewide essay-poster contest, a student rally and a children’s march on the campus mall. 

Volunteer organizations offering MLK, Jr. Day volunteer/community service opportunities include HandsOn Greater Phoenix and the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona.

Volunteer slots are filling up quickly so don’t delay if this is something you’d like to make a part of your family’s day.

If your community is hosting an arts-related MLK, Jr. Day celebration not featured here, please comment below to share brief details with our readers.

– Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Click here to learn more about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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