Public Comment Form

The City of Phoenix is updating the final panel of the Civil Rights Memorial (Peace) timeline on the memorial. A task force consisting of members from the city's advisory Human Relations Commission and ​​Arts and Culture Commission are collecting public feedback to develop recommendations that the Mayor and City Council will review.​
 
The memorial, at Eastlake Park, 16th Street and Jefferson, was created as a city public art project in 1997 by artists Ronn Turner and Shannon Owen, the Civil Rights Memorial includes a decade-by-decade timeline of important local and national civil rights milestones. ​The artists left room on the timeline to document key landmarks from the years 2000 to 2020.
 
What are the most significant national and Arizona milestones for civil rights in the past 20 years? The timeline includes (with examples):
  • major civil rights leaders (1991 Hispanic American Ed Pastor is the first minority from Arizona elected to the U.S.
    Congress.)
  • key court decisions (1954 U.S. Supreme Court hands down the decision to abolish segregation in the schools in Brown v. the Board of Education.)
  • important legislation (1921 Arizona State Legislature passes the “Alien Land Act,” which denies Japanese aliens the right to own land in Arizona.​)
  • major political events (1986 Governor Bruce Babbitt issues an executive order to declare a paid Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. In 1987, Governor Evan Mecham rescinds the order as a paid holiday, sparking marches on the State Capitol.)
  • significant milestones of social movements (1995 One million African American men march in Washington, D.C. for unity and self esteem.)
  • important historical context (1943 Phoenix Union Colored High School is renamed George Washington Carver High School.)
 
The deadline to collect public feedback has been extended to June 30, 2021.

Unfortunately, due to the monument's nature, not all ideas generated can be used on the timeline. However, the task force will consider all ideas before recommending the most significant ones to add to the timeline's history. The updated timeline will be unveiled during the city's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day in January 2022.
 
Questions? Please contact Shanna Archie, equal opportunity specialist at shanna.archie@phoenix.gov​ or 602-534-1279.​

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* 1. What are the most significant national civil rights milestones to you between 2000 and 2020? (Please try to add dates/years to your comments so they can be reviewed for the timeline's accuracy.)

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* 2. What are the most significant local or Arizona civil rights milestones to you between 2000 and 2020? (Please try to add dates/years to your comments so they can be reviewed for the timeline's accuracy.)

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* 3. Please give us your contact information if you would like to be contacted about the project's progress. 

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