Wednesday, January 22, 2020

RSVP for a Memorable MLK Celebration Jan. 23

Image of MLK looking up, reflective.  Rio Salado logo.  Text: MLK Celebration Jan. 23, 2020 3-4:30 p.m.

Don’t forget to RSVP for our Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration on Jan. 23. Reserve your spot now via Eventbrite

We hope you will take part in this 2nd annual event to help us replicate the solidarity of last year’s event and to create a new memorable experience.

Enjoy some or all these activities:
  • Opening remarks by Rio Salado employees about the meaning of equality and Civil Rights:
  • Erika Mavashev – Incarcerated Re-Entry Student Services Specialist
    O. Tafari Osayande – Associate Dean, Community Standards
    Dr. Aaron Coe – Quality Assurance Program Manager
    Saebin Yi – Student Services Specialist
    Earnestine Harrison – Associate Dean, Instruction
  • Discussion with Dr. Wanda Tucker, Rio Salado faculty senate president and faculty chair for Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and her special guest Dr. Pam Tucker, who will talk about their journey discovering how their families’ histories are intertwined, beginning with the first African slaves brought to the United States in 1619.
  • MLK tribute march along the Rio Way path ending at the amphitheater for a closing ceremony.

Snapshot from USA Today feature, image of Wanda and Pam at a cemetery with other Tucker family in view.  Headline: Pam's family enslaved black people.  Wanda believes her ancestor was one of them. They met and are confronting a painful history.

Learn about Wanda Tucker’s journey into the past in these USA Today stories:,

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MLK Celebration
Thursday, Jan. 23
3-4:30 p.m.

Beginning at the Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

For event details or special accommodations email or call 480-517-8374.

Share your photos and sentiments about Civil Rights using #RioWayMLKDay.