2021 MLK Community Spring Extravaganza

On Thursday, April 1, we celebrated the MLK Community Spring Extravaganza with an egg hunt for the children in the MLK ChildCareGroup and a free giveaway for the community, including free hot dogs, candy eggs, and special treats.

Our community partners included the City of Dallas, Miles of Freedom, Ellen’s Southern Kitchen, Foremost Family Health Center, LIRA Group, Family Care Connection, Carter’s House, The Turner 12, Empowering the Masses, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, HELP (a nonprofit organization), KIPP Texas Public Schools, the MLK Branch Library, Sigma Gamma Rho, Transportation Unlimited, Inc., and KHAM Radio.

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WATCH: The Fierce Urgency of Now (Part Two) at 12 PM

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)


The Fierce Urgency of Now- Part Two (February 19, 2021 @ 12 PM)

For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/black-history-month.

WATCH: The Fierce Urgency of Now (Part One) at 12 PM

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)


The Fierce Urgency of Now- Part One (February 12, 2021 @ 12 PM)

For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/black-history-month.

2021 Virtual Black History Month Celebration

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)

2021 Virtual Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The 2021 MLK Virtual Black History Month Celebration is continuing with our theme “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” 

It is our benevolent duty to advocate for the underserved, the poor, the homeless and our precious seniors as we believe we must come together as a community and respectfully have those difficult conversations and work together for solutions.

This event is a 2-part special which will air online February 12 and February 19, 2021. Please check here for links.

Featured Guests

Dr. Michael W. Waters, Pastor & Author, “For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World”

Rev. Richie Butler, Project Unity

Emma Rodgers, Dallas Civil Rights Museum

Jiles King, Spoken Word Artist

Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Chef Art Wilson

Too Geaux Catering

Family Care Connection

MLK ChildCareGroup

Foremost Family Health Center

Miles of Freedom

First Choice Social Services

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

Turner 12

Carter’s House

Empowering the Masses

Rev. Donna Slater, MLK Advisory Board (District 5)

Dr. Jerry Christian, MLK Advisory Board (District 15)

LaSheryl Walker, MLK Advisory Board (District 7)

Trent Hughes, MLK Advisory Board (District 12)

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For more information about this event, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/black-history-month.

 

The Fierce Urgency of Now: 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

Today kicks off a week’s long celebration of virtual events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from January 15 to January 23, 2021.

The year’s theme is The Fierce Urgency of Now.

To see the full list of events, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-celebration-week

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“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”
 

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

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 dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-celebration-week.

Original article posted here: http://www.dallascitynews.net/city-dallas-celebrates-39th-annual-mlk-week-virtually

2020 MLK Winter Warm-up

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s annual Winter Warm-Up is a community-based effort to provide new coats, hats, and gloves to kids in need. 

This year we were able to provide items to more than 700 (and still counting!) coats, hats, and gloves to families in need, stem kits for kids, hygiene packages and scarves, and a family food box for the holidays.

This year’s sponsors and community partners include the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Peter & Dena Silberman, LIRA Group, Chase Bank, HEB/Central Market, Atmos Energy, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, Terris Perkins, Jr., Bob’s Steak & Chop House, the MLK Branch Library, Empowering the Masses, In the City for Good, KIPP Public Schools – DFW, North Texas Food Bank, Bridgford Foods, Fair Park First, Geico, Rose Wright, Brittany Offord, Morningside Development Center, Miles of Freedom, Anis Brown, and Doris Edmon.

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2020 MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival (Recap & Photos)

The MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival was a free event for students of all ages and their families to assist with getting essential items for the upcoming school year.

On Friday, August 14, attendees drove through the MLK, Jr. Community Center’s parking lot to pick up free backpacks, school supplies, t-shirts, underwear, socks, and more to prepare for the new school year. 

This year’s sponsors and partners included In the City for Good, LIRA, Reliant Energy, Carter’s House, North Texas Food Bank, State Fair of Texas, Peter and Dena Silberman, Terris Perkins, Jr., and the Gold Experience.

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MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival

The MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival is a free event for students of all ages and their families to assist with getting essential items for the upcoming school year.

Registered attendees can drive through the MLK, Jr. Community Center’s parking lot and pick up a free backpack stuffed with school supplies and more.

Get school essentials:

  • Backpacks
  • School Supplies
  • School Uniforms
  • Socks & Underwear
  • And more- while supplies last!

REGISTRATION

Registration is required to attend. You can register via Eventbrite from July 6-July 30, 2020. You must be able to provide the student’s name, age, gender, school name, grade, and sizes.

Register via Eventbrite

DONATE

If you are interested in donating supplies, please deliver them to the MLK, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215) Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, or on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Donations needed:

  • Socks
  • T-Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Uniform Shirts (White shirts only)

Sizes (Boys and Girls): XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Sizes (Men and Women): S, M, L, XL, XXL

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

We have 10 spots for community partners to register and participate. You must pre-package your items to be placed in the trunk as cars drive by. Contact us at 214-670-8418 to sign up for a spot.

VOLUNTEER

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact us at 214-670-8418.

For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school