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, inspirational speaker, and video journalist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy. Ken is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which gained popularity as Nwadike made major news headlines for his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during protests, riots, and political rallies.
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Event Info

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

MLK Celebration

The evolution of Scottsdale 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.

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

2017 MLK Planning Committee

2017 - CCD MLK Planning Committee (L-R) Front Row: Michelle Marshall, Helen Gándara, Maria Luna, Linda Groomes Walton (L-R) Back Row: Kevin Richardson, Margaret Banas, Michael Keran, Joe Rusin, Peter Rusin, Susan Hagen-Smith, Kristy Hahn-McDonald, Mayor Jim Lane, Alan Rodbell, Bill Norwood, Jim Ford, Kathy Jackson, Sharon Cini, Diandra Miller, Doreen Reinke, Clif McKenzie