Martin Luther King, Jr. 2016 Celebration

About the ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee

The mission of the ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is to celebrate the legacy and the tenets set forth by Dr. King and his life examples of servant leadership. Servant leadership is a practical philosophy which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening and the ethical use of power and empowerment. The ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee encourages the continuation of Dr. King's legacy all year long.


Arizona State University will host its 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January, 2016. Tributes and recognition of Dr. King and the achievements of the civil rights movement have been celebrated at ASU since long before the creation of a state holiday in Arizona. A highlight of the celebration is the recognition and awards ceremony for the Arizona K-12 students who are winners of the statewide essay-poster contest. A student rally, children's march on the West campus and other events are also held.



Starting in December be on the lookout for the #reflectMLK poster series around the four ASU campuses. These posters were designed with the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in mind: Leadership Unity and Service. Find the posters around campus that best emphasize your beliefs in what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for and take a selfie with the poster. Upload your image to Instagram using the #reflectMLK and see your selfie posted here live during the month of January when the campaign goes live. This is a fun, interactive way to get involved and show your support for what Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in.



Art Hamilton Founder of the firm The Art Hamilton Group, LLC. Prior to the founding of the firm in 2008, Hamilton served 26 years in the Arizona House of Representatives, with 18 consecutive years as the Democratic leader in the Arizona House. A ground- breaker and a leader, Hamilton was the first African-American and only Arizonan to be elected President of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Hamilton also led the NCSL task force to re-write state policies on how state governments deal with families and individuals wrestling with problems of the developmentally disabled. Before founding The Art Hamilton Group, LLC, Hamilton was a founding partner of another public relations firm. He also served as a senior public affairs representative at Salt River Project (SRP), from where he retired after 34 years of service. Hamilton has served on many boards including Phoenix Children's Hospital and Phoenix Sky Harbor Aviation Advisory Board. Hamilton has a school in the Murphy School District named after him. Hamilton is a native of Phoenix, and was educated at Carl Hayden High School and Phoenix College.


Rivka Rocchio Community-based theatre artist focused in theatre as a means of cross-cultural communication. Currently in her second year at Arizona State University's MFA Theatre for Youth program, Rocchio continues to work throughout Arizona with people who are incarcerated and people whoare homeless. Rocchio believes in creating placemaking that allows for artistic communities to flourish.


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