A series of activities and events will commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.


Tonight, Friday, January 16, The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) MLK Service will be held at Rising Star, 2800 E. 36th Street, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The IMA Town Hall has been working hard to bring African American leaders and concerned citizens together to make a difference in our city. Please join us as the Honorable, former Arizona Representative, Art Hamilton brings the message.  For more information, please call Rising Star Baptist Church at 791-3068.


The Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood Association will be hosting their 25th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast Saturday, January 17, at the Holmes Tuttle Boys and Girls Club, located at 2585 East 36th Street in Ward 5.  Doors will open at 7:15 am and the breakfast begins at 8:00 am sharp.


Mr. James Christopher of the Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood Association and his committee have put this event on for 25 years to honor Dr. King.  It is the only neighborhood association in Tucson to hold such an event.  The purpose of this breakfast is to raises funds for educational support for neighborhood school youth.  This is done through the Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood Association MLK Scholarship Fund, a 501 c3 non profit.  For more information about the Scholarship Fund or the breakfast, please call 850-3832.


The 30th Annual Martin Luther King March will begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 19, from Santa Rita Park, 401 East 22nd street.  The route of the March will go west on 22nd to 6th Avenue, and will proceed north on 6th Avenue to end at Armory Park.


“We must never forget the fights and challenges that have been met and overcome to improve the quality of life for our community and we must strive to continue to move forward together and continue working to make Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech a reality,” Tucson Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres (Ward 5) said.


At Armory Park, the 2015 Martin Luther King Celebration begins at 10 am and will go to 3:00 pm.  Various organizations and community groups will have booths and there will be a program of speeches and entertainment as well to remember the life and work of Dr. King.


This year’s Martin Luther King Celebration will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Voting Rights Act.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement on August 6, 1965, and Congress later amended the Act five times to expand its protections.


“During this weekend and on Monday, January 19, all Tucsonans should take the time to remember the life of Martin Luther King and commemorate his work and legacy,” Vice Mayor Fimbres added.