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Martin Luther King at a press conference in 1964.
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Consciousness Calendar Jan. 13 to 27: Featured Are Martin Luther King Celebrations But Also Highlighted Are Indian Nations And Tribes Legislative Day, Voting Awareness And Economic Forecasts


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 13, 2016 — In 2016, Arizona will celebrate the 23rd time an official state holiday has been recognized in the Grand Canyon state, after a very rocky beginning.

Bruce Babbitt’s 1986 declaration was rescinded by the newly elected — and soon to be impeached — Gov. Evan Mecham. Two failed ballot propositions later, advocates finally partnered with business owners who did not want to lose another Super Bowl and in January 1993, nearly 20,000 celebrated on the streets of downtown Phoenix.

Stevie Wonder was even there.

Twenty-three years later, a significantly smaller crowd is expected to be on hand for the march in downtown Phoenix. But the spirit of Martin Luther King will likely never completely fade from memory. After all, sentiments like “I Have A Dream,” not only resonate today, but will likely be just as integral to life 1,000 years from now.

There will be a plethora of homages to the civil rights leader, most notably the annual march from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18.

Other notable events include the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Gala at the Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center, 1833 W. Southern, Mesa, on Saturday Jan. 16 and the MLK Parade at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center Street, at 11 a.m. Jan. 18. An arts festival will follow the parade.

On Friday Jan. 15 at 11 a.m., the city of Glendale will unveil honorary street signs at the intersection of 95th and Maryland avenues.

Also in Phoenix is a Martin Luther King Jr. Torch Run Friday, Jan. 15 beginning at 6 a.m. at city hall, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, and an event recognizing citizens with the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement award and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award at the Sheraton Phoenix, 340 N. Third Street, Phoenix, beginning at 7 a.m., also on Jan. 15.

For those who like to express their connection to MLK more athletically, there is the MLK Basketball Classic at Eastlake Park Community Center, 1549 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Lastly, all 397 national parks in the U.S. will offer free admission to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

BeAZ Returns to Refugee Focus For Its First Anniversary from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Refugee Focus, 3443 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. This event will be focused on helping people gain a better understanding of how the refugee system works in the U.S. by presenting personal stories on the matter from Refugee Focus Director Craig Thoresen, Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego and experienced case managers who will tell moving stories about how refugee resettlement actually works in the U.S.  This event is open to the public. To RSVP, visit For more information, visit the event page at

Thursday, Jan. 14

Phoenix Antichrist Black Cross Semimonthly Meeting at 7 p.m. at The Space, 1205 E. Hubbell St., Phoenix. This will be a regularly scheduled meeting for old and new members of the Phoenix chapter of the Antichrist Black Cross organization, an international movement created to aid political prisoners, primarily anarchists. This event is open to members and those who are interested in becoming members. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Saturday, Jan 16

The Border Strike Force and the future of Arizona: militarization, international trade, and ecological crisis at 1 p.m. at 51 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. Arizona citizens are invited to join a panel of anarchists and Akimel O’odham for a discussion on the capitalist vision for the future of the state and what that may look like. The organizers will be using the recently announced “Border Strike Force” as a launching point for this discussion. The event is free and open to those who would like to attend. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Monday, Jan. 18

Arizona 2016 Voting Summit from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Carl Hayden High School, 3333 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. This event is being held by the ONE ARIZONA TABLE, along with the Arizona Advocacy Network, PAFCO, Promise Arizona, and a team of speakers who will explore the spectrum of civic engagement, highlighting passed lessons, the dynamics of the present landscape as well as new strategies developed for the coming election cycle. This conference is inviting participants to examine the nature of the systems which make up our governments and ultimately influence the quality of our lives. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Tuesday, Jan. 19

The 21st Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day will focus on public safety and substance abuse prevention and local activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The event is sponsored by the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs. About 15 Native American tribes are expected to participate. Activities are planned in conjunction with NYK 2.0, an event that extends an invitation to youth and tribal youth councils to participate in a workshop focused on leadership and civic engagement. The event is open to any youth group that wants to attend and is not limited to members of tribal youth councils. Pre-registration is mandatory. For questions, call 602-542-4426 or email For more information on NYK 2.0, visit the event page at For more information on the Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative day, visit the event page at

Thursday, Jan. 21

Annual TRUST AZ WOMEN Gala from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fresh From The Kitchen, 4117 N. 16th St., Phoenix.  This event will be celebrating the work of NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona and honoring the work of TRUST AZ WOMAN leader Brenda Thomas of the Arizona Family Health Partnership. The event will also be hosting special guest Representative Ruben Gallego and a performance by the Day Before Plastics. Tickets for the event are $75 with discounted prices for students. For tickets, visit For more information, visit the event page at

Friday, Jan. 22

The AZ Life Rally 2016 will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizers ask that those attending should congregate at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, before marching on the Arizona State Capitol. A rally will follow at Wesley Bolin Plaza with speakers, music, vendors, and food. For more information, visit

Saturday, Jan. 23

YALLAPALOOZA 2016 at 4 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. This event is geared toward youth and young adult readers. The event is described as “a literary extravaganza for tween and teen readers. Here's your chance to mix and mingle with your favorite YA authors, get signed books, enjoy pizza, and more.” Authors who will be in attendance included Arwen Elys Dayton, Gavriel Savit, Jaleigh Johnson, Amy K. Nichols, Austin Aslan, Shannon Messenger, Amy Fellner Dominy, Janette Rallison, Shonna Slayton, Tom Leveen, and Janni Lee Simner. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Friday, Jan. 29

Valley Partnership’s annual look ahead at the commercial real-estate market will feature a panel of real estate experts and will begin at 7 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. The panel will feature Alan Maguire, Sheryl Palmer, and Neil Giuliano. Moderating the panel will be Kurt Rosene. For more information, contact Cecilia Riviere at 602-266-7844 or

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