Free MLK Concert at UA Centennial Hall



Celebrate the memory of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. on Sunday January 15, 2017.


“Celebrate Dr. King and his work towards social justice with a free concert organized by UA Presents at Centennial Hall. The stirring program will feature artists from the  UA School of Theatre, Film and Televison, UA Poetry Center, an MLK Choir arranged by Southwest Soul Circuit and a special opening performance from the children of Ocotillo Early Learning Center.

This event is made possible with the support of the College of Fine Arts,
UA Presents, University of Arizona College of Humanities and the College of Humanities Africana Studies.”

Two MLK events tomorrow on Jan. 14 – Annual Breakfast at Boys & Girls Club,  and Non Violence workshop at YWCA of Southern AZ.

For these events plus March/Rally and two films  on the MLK Holiday (Jan. 16) go to our image Calendar:


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Well attended, spirited concert today at Centennial Hall, with a pre-show film of “The World is Watching”, then song “This Little Light of Mine” by Ocotillo Early Learning Center students (pre-school?), followed by a blessing by Rabbi Avraham Alpert and Ms. Miasha Tate. Then Barbea Williams and her troupe danced “Endangered Species”, followed by a Negro spiritual by UA School of Dance students. Particularly moving were Letter from Birmingham Jail read by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television young women. The Finale were 5 songs arranged & directed by Kevin Hamilton, with his wife Tanishia and some youth ensemble singers. The audience was asked to stand, clap and dance along with several of these songs, all in memory of “love and unity” in memory of Dr. MLK Jr.

  2. Inauguration events in Tucson:

    Women’s March–Tucson will assemble at Armory Park at 10 am. The mayor and others will give pre-March speeches. They will march to the Joel Valdez Library Plaza.
    At the Library Plaza there will be a Solidarity Rally at noon. Cong. Grijalva, Councilor Romero, Supervisor Elias, others will speak.

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