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

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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

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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 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


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


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.


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

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2020 MLK Juneteenth Drive-Thru Celebration

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will host a Drive-Thru Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attendees can drive through the MLK parking lot and receive free non-perishable food items, hygiene kits, and household products.

City of Dallas COVID-19 Relief Programs

Rental and Mortgage Assistance

For the Rental or Mortgage Assistance program, the pre-screening process will begin on May 4, 2020. City of Dallas residents are invited to participate online at The application is available on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.

For those residents without access to the internet, call center agents are available at 469-749-6500 from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Due to expected higher than average call volume, residents may experience higher than average call times or a busy signal. Eligible applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Small Business Continuity Fund

Has your small business in the City of Dallas seen a loss or decline of at least 25% revenue due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for assistance through the Small Business Continuity Fund.

SBCF Frequently Asked Questions (Download)
SBCF Overview (Download)