Monday, January 17, 2011

Tucson Community Voices Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 17th 6am-6pm

Community Voices Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life and Legacy on 91.3 KXCI Tucson Monday January 17, 2011 6am-6pm

KXCI commemorates the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with music, excerpts from King's historic speeches, and Tucson people devoted to continuing his work. The MLK holiday is always a good time to take a look at where we've been, where we're going and how are we going to get there. With the national and international spotlight focused on Tucson in the wake of recent shootings, our city is showing the world a spirit of hope and healing.

We spoke with the following people to learn about them, the organizations they represent, and their take on King's legacy.

6:30 am President and CEO of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Tony Penn was a keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King March Committee's Drum Major Award Luncheon.

Dr. King gave a sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church called the Drum Major Instinct where he implored people to use their inherent sense of importance to be a drum major. “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness.” Each year, the luncheon raises funds for the local Tucson march and honors people who exemplify the Drum Major Instinct in a positive way in our community.

7:30 am Engineer A'Shawn L. Hines is a member of the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

8:30am Clarence Boykins, is the President of the Tucson Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce and Chairperson and Founder of the Tucson Celebration Committee for the Dr. King Holiday. In this segment he talks about this moment in time.

9:30am Taneya Walker, Graduate Assistant for UA African American Student Affairs (AASA).

10:30am Jimmy Hart, Director of TUSD African American Studies Department.

11:30am Marcela Marin Nonviolence Trainer from the Nonviolence Legacy Project. More information available at or 520-991-6781.

1:30pm Eta Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, members Tanisha Johnson, Brandi Davis, Jacque Price, and Tanisha Price-Johnson.

2:30pm Clarence Boykins, Vanguard Publisher.

3:30 Anna Dairsow was a MLK Essay Winner honored at the Drum Major Luncheon.

4:30 Marcela Marin of the Nonviolence Legacy Project described the 6 Principles of Kingian Nonviolence.

5:30 Clarence Boykins talks about the “Power of a Dream” which was the theme for this year's march.

Listen to the segments again here.


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