Millions are coming together to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. today.  January 19, we pay tribute to a man who had a dream of peace and unity.  Arizona is honoring MLK Day with several events throughout the day. 
The MLK March kicks off the MLK Day festivities with a symbolic march

 recreating the 1968 walk.  On Monday, January 19, the event will begin at 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church at 1401 East Jefferson St.  The March will make its way through the city streets and conclude at Marget T. Hance Park where an MLK Festival will follow. 

The MLK Festival celebrates civil rights and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The festival is free and jam-packed with entertainment including guest speakers, youth choirs, dancers and a health fair.  The festival begins after the march at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park located at 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix.  Free.

Mesa Arts Center is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival for MLK Day.  The parade starts at 11 a.m. off University Drive and Center Street.  The celebration includes music, floats and equine units.   The parade ends at the Mesa Arts Center for a an MLK Day Festival 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 located at 1 E. Main St.  It’s free to attend.
 
ASU West will once again feature a re-enactment of the Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a Dream” speech.  The speech, given by ASU faculty member Charles St. Clair, has become a tradition since its first re-enactment in 1991.  The event begins at 11 a.m. at ASU West Campus.
 
Kris Dugan
 

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