The city of Mesa and the Mesa-East Valley MLK Committee invite the community to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 16.
This year’s 25th-anniversary celebration theme is “What Are You Doing For Others?” The festivities in downtown Mesa include:
a parade, starting at 11 a.m., of community groups and organizations, businesses, churches, marching bands and East Valley cities.
the MLK Community Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at the Plaza at Mesa City Center, 56 E. Main St. with food, vendors, entertainment and a Kids Unity Corner with activities and crafts.
As part of the 25th anniversary, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street will be dedicated during a ceremony that day at 8:30 a.m. at the Mesa Arts Center. The honorary street signs will be placed along Center Street between Brown Road and First Avenue to honor Mesa’s historic Washington-Escobedo Heritage Neighborhood, which had its roots during a time of segregation in the early 20th century. The signs will also celebrate Dr. King’s accomplishments as a civil rights icon. Similar Calle Cesar Chavez street signs were unveiled recently along a one-mile segment of Broadway Road between Mesa Drive and Stapley Drive to honor Cesar Chavez’s contributions to Mesa’s thriving Hispanic population.