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Peoria Community Center to host event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 3, 2022, 6:30 AM

PHOENIX — The city of Peoria will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a free event at the community center next week.

It will be held Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peoria Community Center at 8335 West Jefferson Street.

Organizers have labeled the event as a “Day of Service” for the minister and civil rights activist who was known as the leader of the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

“This year we wanted to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by creating an event that brings the community together in service of others,” Chris Hallett, Peoria director of neighborhood and human services, said in a release.

“The MLK Day of Service is the chance for Peoria residents to connect, access needed services, celebrate diversity and help their community.”

The event is scheduled to include multi-cultural activities and entertainment, local food trucks, free books, health and wellness vendors and opportunities to work on service projects.

In addition, a vaccine clinic and other community resources will be available on site for those who may be interested.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially celebrated on the third Monday in January, although King was actually born on Jan. 15.

The holiday was first celebrated in 1986 after it was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983.

Arizona adopted the holiday in 1992.

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Peoria Community Center to host event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day