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Join the City of Surprise for two Martin Luther King, Jr. events

Surprise, AZ (December 6, 2021) The City of Surprise is once again excited to gather with the community to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our 6th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 15.

The public is also invited to join us for an evening of MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections the Wednesday before, on January 12.

Event details:

MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
Wednesday, January 12 • 6 - 8 p.m.
Willow Canyon High School Auditorium • 17901 W. Lundberg St.

Enjoy community speakers, performing artists and groups like Willow Canyon High School, Canyon Ridge Elementary School and Gideon Church Choir. Reverend Powell of Gideon Church and others will share reflections on the impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on their lives and the inclusive work that is needed to continue his vision. Surprise Mayor Skip Hall and Shadow Ridge Principal Michael Hawkins will also speak at the event.

MLK Day of Celebration & Service
Saturday, January 15
8:30 a.m. Music & Breakfast • 9 a.m. Program
Surprise City Hall Courtyard • 16000 N. Civic Center Plz.

Light breakfast will be served to the first 500 guests, starting at 8:30 a.m. 

The event, starting at 9 a.m., will include Keynote Speaker, Col. Wanda Wright, recognition of the art contest winners, and performances by American Idol Finalist LaKisha Jones, Valley Vista High School, Ashton Ranch Middle School, Gideon Baptist Choir, Arizona Redeemed Choir, Brooklyn Ball and more!

Following the program, at approximately 10:45 a.m., volunteers will go out into the community to complete service projects. Projects will last approximately 1-4 hours. 

How to get involved:

    Individuals/Families – Join us for the breakfast, program and day of service! If you can only attend the service project portion of the day, please arrive at 10:30 a.m. to receive an assignment. Advanced registration is not required, but is helpful in determining volunteer assignments. Please email Larry Garcia at or 623.222.1522, if you are interested in volunteering.
    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 Larry Garcia at

These events are possible thanks to our Platinum level sponsor, APS, and Gold level sponsor Ottawa University Arizona. 

Event details are available online at For more information, please contact Lord Garcillano at or call 623.222.1647.

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City of Surprise 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374 | Phone: 623-222-1000

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