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Martin Luther King's Legacy

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Consciousness Calendar Jan. 10 to 24: Along With Events In MLK’s Honor, A Second Women’s March Is Planned For Phoenix  


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 11, 2018 — April 4 will mark 50 years since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Since that time, King’s legacy continues with a civil rights foundation, numerous public monuments and countless biopics. Thirty-one years ago, his birthday became a federal holiday.

In honor of MLK Day, a march and festival will be held starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Participants will march to Hance Park. The march is part of a week-long celebration including an awards and scholarship breakfast, a community service day and a youth rally. To learn more, visit

That march won’t be the only Phoenix-based event to commemorate the Nobel Prize-winning pastor, who was only 39 when he died. On Sunday, Jan. 14 there will be Poetry Open Mic session, featuring artist Therosia, starting at 3 p.m. at Improvmania Comedy, 250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more details, check out

A candlelight vigil will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chandler Downtown Library Courtyard. Along with the vigil, local faith leaders will be on hand, and there will be a short MLK documentary and performances by local musicians. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Jan. 13

Defending Democracy at the State Legislature will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. at Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Participants will be trained on how to have their voices heard at the state Capitol. To RSVP, go to

White House photographer Pete Souza worked with former President Obama for eight years, and is sharing his thousands of photographs of Obama at work. Souza will be at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. To learn more about this event, check out

OdySea Aquarium’s Conservation Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. Thirty organizations will be on hand to help educate people. There will also be animal ambassadors; interactive, hands-on activities; and organic produce. To learn more about this free event, check out

Mesa Arts Center will host an open house for veterans from 10 a.m. to noon as part of its new Arts in Service program. The free event will provide an opportunity for veterans, service members and their families to explore MAC Art studios, try various art forms and meet studio instructors for the program. To learn more, visit or call (480) 644-6520.

Monday, Jan. 15

The documentary Strange Fruit: African-American & Jewish Relationships will be screened at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. The event will begin at 7 p.m. A donation is encouraged; for ticket information,

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Justice That Works is screening the documentary 13th, followed by a discussion on mass incarceration, at the Mesa Public Library, 64 E. 1st St., Mesa. For more information, check out

An Evening Out to Save the Wild Cats of Arizona will be held at 6 p.m. at The Coronado, 2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix. A $25 admission will include food, live entertainment and a raffle. Arizonans for Wildlife is sponsoring the event. For more details, visit the Facebook page:

Thursday, Jan. 18

Operation Haboob Report, Reveal and Rally will start at 10 a.m. at the Arizona State Capitol. Members of the YWCA Southern Arizona will present findings of its online survey. To learn more, visit

Friday, Jan. 19

Coffee for a Cause: will be held starting at 6 p.m. at The Coronado, 2201 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. The Phoenix Restoration Project will be collecting blankets and cash donations. Get more details by checking out

An Ordinary Hero, focusing on civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, will be screened at McClintock High School, 1830 N. Del Rio Drive, Tempe. A discussion will follow. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is part of Arizona State University’s Created Equal Film Arts & Series. Find out of more info by visiting

The award-winning film When Elephants Fight will be screened at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, 4027 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Narrated by actress Robin Wright, the film covers the exploitation of central Africa’s resources, and how citizens there struggle for peace and dignity. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Saturday, Jan. 20

As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution is teaming up with local organizations to educate motel owners on red flags, mobilize volunteers to help label bars of motel soap with the national human trafficking hotline number, and pass out missing children posters. A training session will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Catholic Charities, 1825 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix. To learn more, go to

The 2018 Volunteer Mentor Summit: Road To Resilience will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. at Children First Leadership Academy, 1648 South 16th St., Phoenix. Sponsored by Community Events with Free Arts, the event will include breakfast, workshops and a film screening. Admission is free; to learn more, visit

Sunday, Jan. 21

Last year’s Women’s March was a stunning response to Donald Trump becoming president. In 2018, the Women’s March to the Polls will begin at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol. Along with continued resistance to Trump’s policies, the march will also address the #MeToo movement and the upcoming mid-term election. To participate or learn more, visit the Facebook page:

The Women's March activism continues by honoring indigenous women, also at 10 a.m. in front of the Capitol. Participants are encouraged to wear red traditional clothing and may donate an earring to be used in an art piece. Singers and drummers will perform. To learn more, go to

A March For Black Women will be held at 9 a.m. at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza (at the state Capitol Complex). There will be speakers, music and food. For more information, go to

Monday, Jan. 22

Disability rights are the focus of Roll On Arizona’s Capitol, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the state Capitol. Meetings with representatives and senators are scheduled. Breakfast and lunch will be served. A training Webinar will be offered, as well. To get involved or learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Friday, Jan. 26

The People’s State of the Union is a cross-cultural and political exchange that will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Empty Space, 970 E. University Drive, Tempe. Participants are encouraged to share a story about something that gave them hope in the past year or insights into the nation. Admission is free; to register visit

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