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Dr Martin Luther King, Jr in Arizona

Resources related to the study of Dr. King and his relation to the state of Arizona. Topics include his visits to Phoenix and Tucson in the 1960s, the Martin Luther King Jr holiday controversy, and discovery of the audio recordings of his speech in 2014.

Resources on the Arizona Memory Project site documenting the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday in Arizona

Governor Bruce Babbitt declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day an Arizona holiday on March 18, 1986, but his proclamation was repealed by Governor Mecham in 1987 on the grounds Babbitt did not have the authority to declare such a holiday. Arizonans were for and against repeal of the holiday for a variety of reasons, and in 1992, Arizona voters reinstated the holiday.

Victory Together book

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.