City of Dallas celebrates 39th Annual MLK Week virtually

The City of Dallas, led by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, will officially kick off a week’s long celebration of virtual events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year’s celebration is “The fierce urgency of now”, transpiring January 15 to January 23. This year’s events are presented by Reliant.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is a longstanding Dallas tradition that the MLK Community Center and Office of Community Care is proud to support,” said Office of Community Care Director Jessica Galleshaw. “This year’s events will be very different, taking place entirely in a virtual platform and amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic and its economic and human impacts, but our team has been intentional in moving forward with these important events and conversations, and honoring the legacy of Dr. King.”

The official celebration kicks off Friday, January 15, Dr. King’s birthday, with a Candle Lighting Ceremony. This virtual event will be hosted by community partner, the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

The celebration will include a series of events that reiterate the fierce of urgency of now. Whether jobseekers are excited to experience live hiring, students desire help sparking dialogue against racial injustices in their schools, or communities want to contribute to the strategy of depleting disparities in the city, then inclusivity is available for all residents.

City of Dallas will close this year’s celebration with the 39th Annual MLK Scholarship and Awards Gala featuring keynote speaker Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, a welcome from the Honorable Mayor Eric Johnson, Master of Ceremony Demond Fernandez, WFAA and Mistress of Ceremony Tashara Parker, WFAA. The gala is a cornerstone for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and is a long-standing tradition of the city of Dallas that includes a series of education and impact-oriented events to honor Dr. King.

The City of Dallas, thanks Reliant for being the 2021 presenting sponsor of the first ever virtual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week. Reliant powers, protects and simplifies life by bringing electricity, security and related services to homes and businesses across Texas.

For a full list of MLK Celebration Week events hosted by the City of Dallas and partner organizations, visit

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