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Inspiration for film “Coach Carter” headlines MLK Jr Dinner Celebration Jan. 16


The city is posting this on behalf of Community Celebrating Diversity.

  Nov. 25, 2013

  Contact: Don Logan, Community Celebrating Diversity board member,

Inspiration for film “Coach Carter” headlines MLK Jr Dinner Celebration Jan. 16

An inspiring coach and educator, Ken Carter, headlines Scottsdale’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration. A successful author and speaker, Carter shares his hard-hitting advice about accountability, integrity, teamwork and leadership to succeed on and off the basketball court. Award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson portrayed Carter in the movie “Coach Carter.”

The annual event, sponsored by APS, will be Thursday, Jan. 16. It begins with a 5:30 p.m. registration and reception, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and recognition. It will be held at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. Tickets can be purchased at the ScottsdaleMLK website or by calling 480-312-3030. The cost is $60 per person

In addition to the MLK Jr. Community Dinner Celebration, Community Celebrating Diversity also sponsors the following programs in honor of King:

Diversity Champions: Diversity Champions -- individuals who exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who have enriched the community by empowering others – are honored each year at the MLK Jr. Community Celebration. Eligible nominees must work, live or volunteer in Scottsdale. The nomination deadline is Monday, Dec. 16.  Nomination forms are available online.
Scottsdale Community Collaborative Youth Scholarships:  Each year, the Scottsdale Community Collaborative offers scholarships to college-bound high school students who demonstrate academic achievement, community service, diversity and financial need. Sponsors of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and La Gran Fiesta (originally the Hispanic Heritage Celebration) events, along with the educational partnerships of Community Celebrating Diversity and the Scottsdale Unified School District, fund the scholarships. Since 2007, 21 students have been awarded a total of $52,500 in scholarships. Get applications and criteria. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 14.

Voices:  Thursday, Jan. 16, Saguaro High School. This event is for students only and is not open to the public. Each year, high school students from across the Valley are treated to a special appearance by the MLK Jr. Community Celebration keynote speaker.

Peace & Community Day:  Sunday, Jan. 19, noon to 4 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, outdoors, free admission, open to the public. Peace & Community Day commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event is part of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Sunday A’Fair concert series. It features the Valley’s top musicians, along with a fine arts and crafts market and fun activities for children and families. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great entertainment.

Regional Unity Walk: Saturday, Feb. 1, walk begins at 10:30 a.m., report to starting locations by 10 a.m. Assemble at Tempe Lake Marina, free admission, open to the public. Scottsdale joins other Valley cities and Arizona State University for the annual Unity Walk to promote mutual respect and understanding.  Each year, the walk begins at a different location and culminates at the respective host city for a day of celebrating the unity of our communities. More event information will be available soon on the Scottsdale MLK website.  

About Community Celebrating Diversity (CCD):
CCD is a Scottsdale-based nonprofit organization that sponsors educational and community events to celebrate and create a greater awareness of our community’s diversity. Its mission is to enhance the perception and understanding of diversity, provide opportunities for citizens to recognize our similarities and to acknowledge our differences, and to seek respect for the values of others and the oneness of humanity.