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Regional Unity Walk and Diversity Festival is Saturday, January 27th 2018

In conjunction with the Scottsdale Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, come out and enjoy the day on Saturday, January 27 2018 by participating in the Regional Unity Walk and Diversity Festival around Tempe Town Lake.

Visit the Regional Unity Walk and Diversity Festival information page for details.


The evolution of the MLK Dinner was initiated by CCD’s founding member, Sandra Rembrandt. Ms. Rembrandt’s vision was for Scottsdale to host its own Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. In the early 1990’s, members from across the valley traveled to Phoenix to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday. Ms. Rembrandt had a passion for Dr. King’s legacy and felt citizens from the Scottsdale community would take pride in hosting a celebration in its own community. Today, Scottsdale’s celebration serves as a signature celebration for the entire valley that includes national renowned speakers representing a myriad of diversity perspectives honoring the history and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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MLK Dinner Celebration:

If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend this year's MLK Celebration Dinner, you can still enjoy the program by watching it here

Tuesday January 9, 2018

5:00pm | Registration/Reception
6:00pm | Doors Open

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 East McCormick Parkway
Scottsdale AZ, 85258

2018 Featured Speaker

Ken E. Nwadike Jr. headlines the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration.

Ken E. Nwadike Jr.
Ken E. Nwadike Jr.

Ken E. Nwadike Jr. is a peace activist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy, founder of the Free Hugs Project. His courageous work as a peace activist is helping to heal and narrow the social, political and racial divide that currently exists throughout our country. His energy, spirit, passion and love is changing individual behaviors and group interactions for the better.

Ken has received numerous awards from law enforcement agencies and community groups for his peacekeeping efforts of de-escalating intense confrontations on the front-lines of riots and protests. He inspires individuals to be more supportive and respectful towards one another. His work promotes restoring civility in America to improve the way we treat our families, coworkers, and people within our communities.

Learn more about Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. >>