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Promise Arizona Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Commemoration Events

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For Planning Purposes: Friday, January 10, 2011
Contact: Ahlam Said, 469.835.7551,

Promise Arizona Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Commemoration Events
Film, vigil and march honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader

Phoenix – Promise Arizona is proud to announce a variety of events it will lead and take part in to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The events will honor the sacrifices of men and women from generations before us who stood for equality, justice, freedom, peace and harmony for all.

“Just as he had a dream, we also have a dream that all will be treated equal, regardless of color, race or immigration status,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona.

Below is a list of this year’s events. Interview and visual opportunities will be available.

Sunday, January 16, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Connecting our Struggles: Film and Discussion on the Civil Rights and Chicano Movements
Centro Soledad, 2106 W Van Buren St. (NW corner 21st Ave & Van Buren)

Community members will gather to watch films commemorating both the Civil Rights and Chicano movements. Discussion on the intersections between these movements will also take place.

Sunday, January 16, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (17th Ave & Washington)
Vigil to Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington

Candles will be passed out and brief observances will be shared among Promise Arizona leaders, their families and members of the community who are committed to bringing justice to all in our state.

Monday, January 17, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 East Jefferson St. (SE corner of 14th St & Jefferson)

The March will begin at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and proceed to Margaret T. Hance Park (1202 N. 3rd St.) where the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival will be held.

This is a community parade to honor the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and bring the message of unity to all people.


Promise Arizona is a membership organization whose mission is to recruit, train and support a new generation of leaders from across the state to build a new Arizona, one that will allow all residents to achieve their full

Statehouse Vigil for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the Victims of Today’s Attack

Promise Arizona is horrified by the senseless act of violence that occurred earlier this morning. This is a sad day for all of us in Arizona. Our elected leaders were attacked in the midst of serving their constituents.

Several have passed away, and many are in critical condition from this morning’s shooting in Tucson.

Thankfully Congresswoman Giffords is recovering.

We send our prayers to all the families impacted by this tragedy, we mourn those who were killed, and pray for the speedy recovery of those who are injured.

In that spirit, we ask you to join the commmunity for a candlelight prayer vigil for Congresswoman Giffords, wounded and deceased. If you cannot join us in Arizona, please continue to keep everyone in your prayers.

When: Tonight, starting at 6:00pm
Where: Arizona State Capitol 1700 W Washington
Parking available at Wesley Bolin Plaza 1649 E Adams St., Phoenix
Carpool: East Valley carpools will leave at 5:30 from behind the Pyle Center SW corner of Rural Rd and Southern Ave.

*Please Bring Candles and Aluminum Foil

Statement from Pastor Warren H. Stewart on Tragedy in Arizona

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shu Ohno (202) 309-5645

Phoenix, AZ – Below is a statement from Dr. Warren H. Stewart Sr., Senior Pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, AZ, Board Member of Promise Arizona, and Board Member of the National Immigration Forum:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and the other innocent victims of today’s terrible tragedy. The Congresswoman and her staff are remarkable, well-loved, public servants who are dedicated to the needs and aspirations of their constituents.

We mourn the loss of those who were killed in today’s tragic events and pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. Violence has no place in our democracy and civic life, and we pray for the return of civility to our nation’s public discourse.”