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Tucson tradition revived as Sunday Evening Forum begins

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson's Sunday Evening Forum to begin in March. 

The Sunday Evening Forum speaker series is being revived with its first speaker - former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.  She is scheduled to speak on March 30, at the Fox Theater.

A group of members from Tucson's leadership community are re-invigorating the series, which experienced its ‘hey day' from 1947 to 1984.  This speaker series was responsible for bringing to Tucson some of the most prominent political and cultural figures of the time. 

Judge Anne Segal is responsible for spearheading the committee to bring the Sunday Evening Forum back to life, then bringing the idea to Mayor Rothschild for consideration.  Funding for the program has been provided by Sinfonia HealthCare Corp., via a Matching Funds Challenge grant of $10,000. 

Speakers at the Forum have come from all walks of life, from politicians like John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to Martin Luther King Jr. and Margaret Sanger, as well as other notables like Walter Cronkite and Bob Hope. 

The group grew from its beginnings as a young adult discussion group with 50 members to become one of the largest community forums in the U.S.; peak seasonal attendance was more than 55,000 people. 

Former Supreme Court Justice O'Connor agreed to be the first speaker for the newly revived Forum.  O'Connor was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, she retired in 2006. 

The first event for the Sunday Evening Forum will take place on March 30, and is open to the public.  Admission is free, and tickets can be obtained from the Fox Theatre box office on the day of the Forum; doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. 

For more information on the Forum go online to www.sundayeveningforum.com.

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