2022 MLK Black History Month Celebration

2022 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.

Arthello Beck, Jr.

The 2022 MLK Black History Month Celebration is a two-part event, a virtual celebration of unsung artist, Arthello Beck, Jr., and a free drive-through giveaway for the community.

Watch the virtual event on Friday, February 11, at noon, celebrating the life of artist Arthello Beck, Jr. Visit the MLK Branch Library and the South Dallas Cultural Center for a look at some of his original artwork, which will be on display through the month of February.

The link to watch the virtual program will be available at http://www.DallasMLKCenter.com

Attend a free drive-through giveaway on Saturday, February 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and get a free food box, hygiene supplies, cleaning products, informational resources, and more (while supplies last!). There is no registration required to attend.

Our community partners include Reliant, an NRG company, LIRA Group, Miles of Freedom, H.E.L.P., Foremost Family Health Center, Empowering the Masses, First Choice Social Services, In the City For Good, and KBP Foods KFC.

For questions, please contact 214-670-8418.


Please tune in here to watch our virtual celebration on Friday, February 11, at 12:00 p.m.!

Link to watch online: https://youtu.be/JkUTm8Xwm5c

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)


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

Part Two (February 19, 2021 @ 12 PM)

Featured Guests

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

Rev. Richie Butler, Pastor and Founder of Project Unity

Emma Rodgers, Dallas Civil Rights Museum

Jiles King, Spoken Word Artist

Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Chef Art Wilson

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

Beyond Belief, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church

Chasity Bass, Moriah Bass & Bethany Bass

Channing Black

Kimberly Ivy

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 any questions, please contact 214-670-8418.

2020 Black History Month Celebration

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, along with the Dallas Civil Rights Museum, hosted a panel discussion entitled “Will You Count? African Americans in 2020 Census” on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the MLK, Jr. Community Center. 

Panelists included Ms. Yolanda Morgan Davis (The International Net Xchange Founder) and Ms. DeMetris Sampson (Volunteer, AKA Connection Chairman, OMO). The moderator was Mr. Harrison Blair, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce President.

Mr. Nucleus Johnson (Oratorical) and Green Way Park COGIC (Liturgical Dance) provided entertainment.