On Saturday, November 16, we collaborated with the Giving Tree Ministries for the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood. We served complete turkey dinners with all of the trimmings to the community.
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On Monday, November 25, we also celebrated Thanksgiving with the MLK Seniors and presented each senior with a turkey and sides to have a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
Special thanks to our sponsors, the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Empowering the Masses, Kenneth Robinson Construction, Miles of Freedom, Morningside Community Development Association, and Terris Perkins, Jr.
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On Saturday, September 14, we hosted the 2nd Annual Can We Talk Youth Conference, which was a free event for high school students in grades 9-12.
Students participated in several workshops and breakout sessions including Understanding Your Rights, the Importance of Higher Education, and Adulting 101.
Special guests included Richard Miles, Miles of Freedom; Lynn Richardson, Dallas County Public Defender; Tristen Paige, Turning Paiges; Joseph Thomas, City of Dallas; Tammy Johnson, Empowering the Masses; Forrest Jackson, Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity; Earlyshia Thomas, Choose You Foundation; and Torian Stencer, Founder of Yes Thrive.
The MLK Back to School Festival is a “one-stop-shop” for parents and students preparing for the new school year. On Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can come to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215) and receive free school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, shoes, and more. There will also be vendors, a children’s play area, free food, and snow cones.
This event is open to all families with children in grades Pre-K to 12. Parents must provide a photo ID and children must be present to receive supplies. There are no zip code restrictions or income requirements to receive supplies.
When: Friday, August 16, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75215.
Who: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosts this annual event. This year’s sponsors include the City of Dallas, Miles of Freedom, Carter’s House, Capital One, Reliant Energy, Turning Paiges, and Panda Cares. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please call 214-670-8418 or visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school.
On Wednesday, June 19, we commemorated Juneteenth with a free community festival where guests enjoyed local vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Sponsors included Leadership Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Miles of Freedom, Empowering the Masses, and #BeGolden.
There was a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the grand opening of the new MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, which will give citizens free access to fresh, healthy foods and dry goods twice per week. Its hours of operation are Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are no zip code requirements or income restrictions.
For more information about the MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, click here or contact a staff member at 214-670-8418.
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(DALLAS / FORT WORTH) To honor this year’s Juneteenth Celebration of freedom, #BeGolden is bringing the values of respect, empathy and compassion into focus by contributing 16 Golden Tables to Dallas area community centers, including MLK Community Center where the celebration will take place.
Golden Tables are painted gold and feature a plaque that says “May we always be welcoming and gather around the table in the spirit of The Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”
#BeGolden is helping Dallas to build a more welcoming community, and these Golden Tables are a lasting way we can remind everyone that we are all neighbors and it’s up to us to make each other feel welcome. #BeGolden is based on The Golden Rule, a principle that rings true for every culture and every faith. #BeGolden began as an initiative of Bishop Edward Burns and the Diocese of Dallas and is supported by the Mayor’s office, The Richards-Lerma agency, Catholic Charities, The Belo Corporation and Dallas Morning News, and many other civic, faith, business, and school leaders. In particular, the City of Dallas’ Welcoming Communities office is a big advocate of #BeGolden, as it works so well with their mission to bridge the space between newcomers and existing Dallas residents, to find common ground, to foster informed understanding and to promote shared leadership.
Since it was launched in April, 2018, #BeGolden has been a part of conversations in many organizations across Dallas and has spread to Louisville, Kentucky and San Antonio, Texas.
#BeGolden exists to build a more welcoming community in the Dallas area and beyond. #BeGolden aims to educate, inspire and generate action helping to create a world where we treat immigrants and all people the way we’d like to be treated, and encourage others to do the same. #BeGolden is supported by City of Dallas Mayor Rawlings, Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Edward Burns, The Richards-Lerma agency, Catholic Charities, The Belo Corporation and Dallas Morning News, and many other civic, faith, business, and school leaders. begoldenjourney.com, and #BEGOLDEN JOURNEY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
On June 19, the MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center will open to the public to increase access to fresh food for the South Dallas community. Sponsored by Leadership Dallas, the distribution center will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and dry goods to the surrounding community.
- In Dallas County, 18.2 percent of the population is considered food insecure.
- Nearly 700,000 Dallas County residents, including over 245,000 children, live in lower-income communities that lack access to healthy, affordable foods.
- The uneven distribution of supermarkets and healthy food resources is a serious problem in Greater Dallas.
- Currently, the Fair Park/South Dallas neighborhood has limited access to fresh food, and families often have to choose between paying for food or paying for other basic living expenses such rent, utilities and medical care.
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the distribution center on Wednesday, June 19, at 2:00 p.m. during the Juneteenth Celebration.
The distribution center will be open each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Our community partners include Leadership Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Miles of Freedom, Empowering the Masses, Trusted World, Architects Interiors Landscape Planning, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, JE Dunn Construction, and Turner 100.
For more information about the MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center, please contact 214-670-8418.
Reliant and the City of Dallas kicked off summer Beat the Heat centers on June 6 with a press conference at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Special guests included Andrea Russell, Vice President and General Manager of Reliant; Philip Huang, Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services; and Pamela Jones, Division Manager at the MLK, Jr. Community Center.
Reliant’s Beat the Heat centers keep Dallas residents cool as temperatures and electricity usage begin to rise. The centers are designed to provide residents with a safe and comfortable environment and to help reduce home electricity use during the hottest days of summer.
Beat the Heat centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and the West Dallas Multipurpose Center (2828 Fish Trap Rd.).
For more information about Beat the Heat cooling centers, please contact 214-670-8418.
On Thursday, May 30, we hosted “Can We Talk?” which was a free workshop to encourage social services professionals to rethink stress, avoid burnout, and implement more self-care practices in their daily lives.
Topics included mindfulness, health and wellness, and different ways to manage stress. Guests also learned about the health benefits of meditation and created vision boards to represent future goals and dreams.
Thank you to our guest speakers and sponsors!
Angie Hoquang (Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration)
Sonia James (Founder, State of Mind Today)
Debra Mitchell-Ibe, LCSW
Elaine Maddox (Chaplain, Dallas Fire-Rescue)
Jacqueline Villegas (Case Manager, Family Care Connection)
Thien Dao (LCSW, Parkland Hospital)
Genevieve Eversley, MSW, LBSW-IPR, SHRM-SCP, IPMA-SCP (City of Dallas)
Dr. Joseph DuChene, DuChene Natural Health
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Community Council of Greater Dallas
Community Partner Program
Gilead Sciences Inc.
MLK Branch Library
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Patricia Whitfield & Chef Patrick
Prism Health North Texas
Regional Black Contractors
The Fairmont Hotel
On Monday, May 20, we hosted “Spring into Action,” an initiative to help the homeless by providing free care packages with toiletries, towels, snacks, and more.
Thanks to our donors and sponsors, we were able to give 75 care packages to our neighbors.
If you would like to donate any toiletries or snacks to the MLK Social Services Department, please contact 214-670-8442.
Thank you to our sponsors:
City of Dallas Youth Commission
Foremost Family Health Center
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter)
Sons of Solomon
The Giving Tree
Mary LaJoyce White