Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service



In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the city of Surprise, in partnership with APS and the Northwest Black History Committee, is hosting a day of celebration and service on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in the outside courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza.

Event Timeline



8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • A free breakfast will be available to the first 500 attendees.
9 a.m. Program
  • Keynote Address: Colonel Richard Toliver, retired USAF, author and renowned speaker with ties to the King family.
  • Program Emcee: Steve Irvin, Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC15 News.
  • The program also includes a color guard presentation by the Buffalo Soldiers of America Motorcycle Club (AZ Chapter); participation from the Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc.; dance and choir performances; and more!
9:45 a.m. Day of Service begins
  • Projects may include food sorting, painting, landscaping, trash collection, etc. and will last 1-4 hours. See the “How to get involved” section for details.

How to get involved:



  • Individuals/Families – Join us for the breakfast, the program and the day of service; or come at 9:45 a.m. for the service project assignments. Projects may include food sorting, painting, landscaping, trash collection, etc. and will last 1-4 hours. Advanced registration is not required. Assignments will be given out at the event.
  • Groups – If you plan on bringing your group/club/congregation and would like to participate in the service projects, please RSVP your group name and estimated number of people to Ervin Cutwright at Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Sponsorships – If your business or organization would like to help sponsor the event, please contact Christina Ramirez at Christina.Ramirez@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Service Project Ideas – If you would like to suggest service projects to complete, please contact Christina Ramirez at Christina.Ramirez@surpriseaz.gov.

For general questions or additional information, please contact Ervin Cutwright at Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Presented by:

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Sponsored by:

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