Martin Luther King Jr. Gilbert Community Celebration


Join us in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by attending our FREE ceremony featuring inspirational speaker, Calvin Terrell. Our family event will also feature entertainment by local choirs, a Youth Art Competition and Exhibit, and sponsor/exhibitor booths.

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Time: 8:00am-9:00am Art Viewing &Sponsor/Exhibitor Booths
9:00am-11:30am Ceremony
Location: Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E Pecos Rd. Gilbert

Keynote Speaker

Calvin Terrell is founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric; an organization he designed to provide education and training for all ages to enhance human interactions and global progress. He is a former Assistant Director of the National Conference for Community Justice/Anytown USA Arizona Region. He has taught for Upward Bound at Arizona State University and the Arizona National Guard's Freedom Academy. For more than twenty years, Calvin has lectured, trained, and lead comprehensive workshops for valuing diversity, equity, and justice building in schools, corporations, and civic organizations for thousands of adults, children, and youth throughout the United States.

Calvin has received awards and honors from Arizona Affirmative Action, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, various religious institutions, and the year 2000 city of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. "Living the Dream" award for his dedication to human rights. A compelling story about Calvin's work with youth is featured in the book "Chicken Soup for the African American Soul" of the Chicken Soup series. Calvin's reputation for excellence and sustainable impact have afforded him collaborative venues with Chief Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Janet Napolitano, and even prompted Harpo Inc., Oprah Winfrey's production company, to seek out and contract him to provide justice seminars for Harpo employees and coaching for management. Calvin is an educator/healer at his core. He employs techniques that are engaging, relevant to all populations, multidisciplinary, and integrate modern advances of technology or research partnered with ancient arts of storytelling and visualization. Calvin's greatest motivations are his marriage of 20plus years, four children, faith, and service to humanity; he is a vigilant spiritual evolutionary, servant of justice, and peaceful warrior of critical thought.


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