Celebrations

Surprise MLK celebration back for 7th year

City to honor King’s legacy Jan. 14

Posted 11/16/22

The city of Surprise announced the seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 14.

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Celebrations

Surprise MLK celebration back for 7th year

City to honor King’s legacy Jan. 14

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The city of Surprise announced the seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 14.

In preparation for the celebration, the city is seeking sponsors, performers, art contest submissions and community service volunteers.

Community sponsorship will contribute to the ongoing viability of this community centric program. As a fast-growing city, it is important Surprise creates culturally significant events and promotes service to others. By forming these types of traditions, the community can continue to be inclusive and celebrate history, diversity and the human spirit.

The Surprise Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Committee is seeking vocal and other performing artists or groups that suit the feel of the event. Performances or songs should complement the life, legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The theme for the 2023 MLK Art Competition is Unity, Service and Collaboration. The city want to see what this topic inspires in the community, whether it’s thoughts of MLK giving his well-known speech, “I Have a Dream,” or one of his most famous marches. Maybe it’s how a resident thinks Dr. King’s legacy has contributed to the community. The city is asking those to be creative in highlighting these special moments in history using artistic talents.

Volunteer to help with a community service project at the event. Projects run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the morning of the event. Advanced registration is required. Email Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov if interested in volunteering.

For information, contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov, or visit surpriseaz.gov/MLK.