Scottsdale events honor legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



A number of events and activities are planned this month in Scottsdale to honor the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The city will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration Jan. 14, with a special appearance by NFL Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy as the keynote speaker.

A motivational speaker and former coach of the Buffalo Bills who earned his master’s degree from Harvard University, Mr. Levy will share his experiences coaching during the civil rights movement and his appreciation for Dr. King’s ideals.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 480-312-3030.

Other MLK commemorations include:

  • Scottsdale Community Collaborative Youth Scholarships;
  • “Voices” program for high school students;
  • Peace and Community Day, noon-4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts Amphitheater.
  • Regional Unity Walk, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31, beginning and ending at Tempe Town Lake. Includes entertainment, inflatables and a festival.


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