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MLK Day Celebrations

January 10, 2012
By Jeryse Kelly

Next Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr Day otherwise known as MLK Day.  Normally I write about things happening in Tempe.  However, in this article I will highlight some events happening valleywide.

In Tempe, on Monday, Janyuary 16th, there is the MLK Diversity Awards at the Buttes Resort.  Different community groups are given this award each year.  The Tempe Girl Scout neighborhood won this award in

They also sponsor a diversity walk, February 4th, 2012.  I have taken my Girl Scout troop to march in this walk many years.  It is fun and relatively painless.  There are 4 starting points for the 4 different areas of the East Valley.  They give each starting point a different color t-shirt.  When all the t-shirts come together for the last leg of the walk it looks really cool.  The end the walk with a short festival at the Tempe Public Library complex.

In Mesa, January 16th, there is the parade and festival.  The parade starts at University and Center and continues to the Mesa Arts Center.  My family has gone to this festival for many years.  They have good entertainment and yummy food.  It makes for a nice, educational and fun afternoon.

Chandler is having a Celebration of Unity on Saturday, January 14th.

Get out and do something fun and inspirational this weekend.  Keep Dr. King's dream alive.   Here is a link to his speech.  Listen to it, play for your kids, remember where we have been so that we don't go back to that way of living.

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