Celebrating Juneteenth at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (Event Recap)

On Saturday, June 18, 2022, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, in collaboration with LIRA Group, hosted the MLK Juneteenth 3K Walk & Festival.

An estimated 750 people came out to enjoy the Juneteenth festivities. This year’s theme was “2022 Better Me, Better You” with a primary focus on the walk for “Freedom” and health and wellness. There were more than 280 registered participants in the Center’s first ever 3K freedom walk, which included local community members, community partners, and other supporters of the MLK Center. Attendees enjoyed a variety of vendors, live entertainment, and free activities for children.

Special guests included Dianne Gibson, Mistress of Ceremony; Event Co-Chair Betty Carter Hooey, MLK Advisory Board (District 15); Donniesha Johnson, Fitness Instructor; Leon Shaw, Singer; Event Chair Elaine Sacks, MLK Advisory Board (District 1); Jhayce Anderson, Youth Performer; and Emma Rodgers, Dallas Civil Rights Museum Curator. Breakfast was provided by DFW Voices. Lunch was sponsored by In-N-Out Burger. Music was provided by DJ Trikky and Jeff the DJ. 

Community Partners included the City of Dallas, LIRA Group, HELP, Reliant, Geico, Miles of Freedom, Chase Bank, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, Dallas Park and Recreation, In-N-Out Burger, Dairy Farmers of America, Humana, American Airlines, The Afiya Center, the Walls Project, Oasis Focus, Baylor Scott & White, Kroger, and DFW Voices.

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For more information about the MLK Juneteenth 3K Walk & Festival, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/juneteenth.

MLK Grand Reopening Meet & Greet (Event Recap)

On Saturday, June 11, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted a Grand Reopening Meet and Greet event to showcase new programs and services available at the center. 

Guests had the opportunity to take a guided campus tour and network with our community partners.  Lunch was sponsored by Empowering the Masses, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, and Williams Chicken.

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Empowering the Masses Spring Graduation

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, Empowering the Masses in collaboration with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted a commencement ceremony for 39 students who completed Phlebotomy, General Educational Diploma, and Community Health Worker certifications.

Sponsors for this event included the City of Dallas, Empowering the Masses, Amazon + SNAP, Muse Family Foundation, Methodist Health System, and Texas AHEC East DFW Region. Special thanks to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Advisory Board and Staff, and to the families and friends of each graduate for making this event memorable.

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For more information about Empowering the Masses, please visit http://www.empoweringthemasses.org.

A Magnificent Mom’s Day Experience (Event Recap)

On Saturday, May 7, 2022, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, in collaboration with LIRA Group, hosted its annual “Magnificent Mom’s Day Experience” to honor mothers of all ages with a special program designed to inspire the mind, body, and spirit. 

Attendees enjoyed dynamic keynote speakers, a belly dancing tutorial and performance, complimentary lunch and refreshments, raffles, games, prizes, and more. 

Special guests included Mistress of Ceremony Pastor Donna Slater, MLK Advisory Board District 5; Yulise Reaves Waters, Esq., Lone Star Justice Alliance; Jazze Maxie, Radio One; Evangelist Meshelle Johnson, No Boundaries Ministry; Elaine Sacks, MLK Advisory Board District 1; Neenah’s Authentic Belly Dancing; and Sahaja Yoga Meditation. 

Special thanks to our vendors for attending, Candles by Shi, The Blvck Scentrovert, TwinTastic Bling, LIRA, and Empowering the Masses.

Community Partners included Vistra, LIRA, In-N-Out Burger, Miles of Freedom, H.E.L.P, Chase Bank, Empowering the Masses, Oasis Focus, DFW Voices, DJ Flyy, CSL Media Group, Radio One, and the City of Dallas.

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

On Thursday, May 5, 2022, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted a special celebration in honor of Cinco de Mayo for the MLK campus and local community members.

Guests enjoyed free food and music, thanks to our partners and volunteers, including LIRA Group, Miles of Freedom, MLK Library Staff, MLK Security, the MLK Community Court Staff, and the MLK Administrative Staff.

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MLK Community Spring Eggstravaganza (Event Recap)

On Thursday, April 14, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its annual MLK Community Spring Eggstravaganza, an egg hunt for the students in the MLK ChildCareGroup and a free giveaway to the community. We gave candy-filled eggs, toys, and other treats to the children, and also provided free nachos, drinks, and snacks to the community.

Our community partners included Turner 12, Empowering the Masses, Her Vibe Boutique, Miles of Freedom, Carter’s House, Union Specific Roadwork, HELP, LIRA, Jeremiah Grand Lodge C.H. Gerald #419, Oasis Focus, Dr. Jose Dela Cruz (MLK Advisory Board, District 11), Foremost Family Health Center, and the MLK Branch Library.

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2022 MLK Remembrance Ceremony (Event Recap)

On Monday, April 4, 2022, the City of Dallas Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its 8th annual MLK Remembrance Ceremony to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy, marking 54 years since Dr. King’s untimely death. 

Special guests included Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters, Author, Activist, and Pastor of Abundant Life A.M.E. Church; John Carter, Founder of Turner 12; Jesuorobo Enobakhare, Jr. with the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Attorney Stephen Pipkin, Pipkin Law Firm; Dallas City Councilman Adam Bazaldua, representing District 7; James Madison High School JROTC; Candace E. Wicks, Mistress of Ceremony and MLK Advisory Board Vice Chair (District 3); Pastor Donna Slater, MLK Advisory Board (District 5); Clara Brown-Trimble, MLK Advisory Board Chair (District 10); and Kelly Drake, MLK Advisory Board (District 9).

Entertainment was provided by Marcia Jones and Vicky Rone. KBP Foods DBA KFC and Empowering the Masses sponsored dinner and refreshments.

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Springtime Events at the MLK, Jr. Community Center

Spring is in the air at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center!

We are excited to share some upcoming events and activities happening at the MLK Center. Be sure to add us to your calendar and join our mailing list so you don’t miss any updates!

Upcoming Events

MLK Remembrance Ceremony (Monday, April 4 @ 4:45 P.M.)

The MLK Remembrance Ceremony is an annual event hosted by the City of Dallas Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center honoring King’s life and legacy. This year will mark 54 years since Dr. King’s untimely death. 

This event takes place on Monday, April 4, at 4:45 P.M. This year’s theme is “It Starts With Me.” Special guests include Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters, Author, Activist, and Pastor of Abundant Life A.M.E. Church; John Carter, Founder of Turner 12; the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Rev. Dr. Clarence Glover, Founder of Sankofa Education Services; and the James Madison High School JROTC.

Entertainment will be provided by Marcia Jones and Vicky Rone. KFC is sponsoring food for the event.

This is an in-person event which will take place in front of the MLK Statue.

MLK Community Spring Extravaganza (Thursday, April 14 @ 11 A.M.)

The MLK Community Spring Extravaganza is an annual Easter egg hunt for the MLK ChildCareGroup and a free giveaway for the community. 

This event takes place on Thursday, April 14, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M., with the egg hunt will beginning at 11:00 A.M. for ChildCareGroup, and the free community giveaway at 12:00 P.M. 

Thanks to our community partners, we will distribute candy to the children, and hygiene kits, snacks and more to the surrounding members of the community.

If you want to donate eggs or candy, please contact 214-670-8418.

A Magnificent Mom’s Day Experience (Saturday, May 7 @ 10 A.M.)

A Magnificent Mom’s Day Experience takes place on Saturday, May 7, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

This is a day to celebrate being a mother. We will inspire your mind, body, and soul with motivational words to help you endure for another day, week, month, and year. This is what you can expect:

  • Mingling and networking with other mothers
  • Wear your hats for a fun hat parade
  • Lunch
  • Selling vendors i.e. candles, jewelry, oils, and scents
  • Be camera-ready
  • Swag bags
  • Random Gift Give-a-ways

Registration will open on April 25 at 8 A.M. Register via Eventbrite: magnificent-moms.eventbrite.com. 

ETM Commencement Ceremony  (Saturday, May 21 @ 10 A.M.)

Empowering the Masses will hosts it’s 2nd annual Phlebotomy & Health Worker Certification Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Saturday, May 21, at 10 A.M.

If you are interested in registering for phlebotomy or health worker certification classes, please contact Empowering the Masses at 972-460-6316.


Announcements

MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center

The MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center is open every Tuesday at 12 P.M. with fresh produce and dry goods for the community. There is no registration required to receive goods. For questions, contact 214-290-2337.

Free Tax Assistance

Dallas Community Tax Centers is providing free tax assistance at the MLK Center. Schedule an appointment by calling 214-370-9353 or online at dallastaxcenters.as.me.

City of Dallas FreshStart Employment Screening

The City of Dallas is hiring! FreshStart Employment screening takes place every Wednesday, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the MLK Center inside Activity Room B.

Free Legal Aid

Free legal aid clinics are returning to the MLK, Jr. Community Center on April 12, at 4 P.M. For more information about the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, contact 214-243-2263.

Free Daily Snack Packs 

Free snack packs are available daily for those in need, inside of Building A, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. 

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/volunteer to see a list of opportunities and submit a volunteer application.

Office of Community Care Rental Assistance Program

If you are interested in Rental or Utilities Assistance through the City of Dallas Office of Community Care, Social Services program, you may call our appointment line to speak with a  caseworker, Monday – Friday – 9am- 2pm. You can also apply online for assistance at: https://dallas.govtech.kinetechcloud.com.


To view our upcoming events, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-events.

2022 MLK Black History Month Celebration (Event Recap)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s 2022 Black History Month Celebration was a two-part event, a virtual celebration of unsung artist Arthello Beck, Jr., and a free drive-through giveaway for the community.

Arthello Beck, Jr. “Braiding Session”

The virtual event premiered on Friday, February 11, celebrating the life of artist Arthello Beck, Jr. and recognizing the efforts of the MLK Center’s community partners. The video is available to watch on YouTube.

Produced by Tailored Penguin Media Company, special contributors included the City of Dallas, Reliant, an NRG company, LIRA Group, Miles of Freedom, Foremost Family Health Center, Empowering the Masses, the South Dallas Cultural Center, Deborah Sutton, & Ms. Mae Beck.

Original artwork by Arthello Beck, Jr. will be displayed at the MLK Branch Library and the South Dallas Cultural Center through the month of February. 

Part two of the celebration was a free drive-through giveaway on Saturday, February 12, for 250 families to receive free food, hygiene supplies, cleaning products, and more. Care packages were provided to the homeless with blankets, socks, and hygiene products, along with a hot meal. Music was provided by DJ G Smoove. 

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, Oasis Focus, and KBP Foods KFC.



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Celebrate Black History Month!

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

You can also 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.


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