Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is a long-standing tradition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, with a series of events honoring King’s life and legacy. For the first time in the City’s history, there will be more than a week-long commemoration, which will begin on January 9, 2019, and will run through January 22, 2019.

This year’s theme is “Reconciliation: Moving the Dream Forward” and all events will touch on various issues Dr. King championed during his lifelong career of activism.

Below is a schedule of events planned for the 2019 MLK Celebration Week. For details, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-celebration-week.

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Opening Ceremony at City Hall 12:00 pm
Opening Ceremony at City Hall @ Dallas City Hall
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Opening Ceremony at City Hall @ Dallas City Hall
The City of Dallas Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and the MLK Celebration Planning Committee invites the community to its Inaugural Wreath Laying Ceremony celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King.  The keynote speaker for this event will be … Continue reading Opening Ceremony at City Hall
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Beloved Community- A discussion of current housing challenges (and opportunities) in Dallas 10:00 am
Beloved Community- A discussion of current housing challenges (and opportunities) in Dallas @ IDEA Academy
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beloved Community- A discussion of current housing challenges (and opportunities) in Dallas @ IDEA Academy
The Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrants Affairs in conjunction with The 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration invites you to an important dialogue on: What is Dr. King’s “Beloved Community” in 2019?  A discussion of … Continue reading Beloved Community- A discussion of current housing challenges (and opportunities) in Dallas
Youth Summit 10:00 am
Youth Summit @ IDEA High School
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Youth Summit @ IDEA High School
The Youth Summit is a one-day interactive conference for high school students to engage with other students while addressing the challenges faced within their local communities.
Ignite the Lights at Blair Park 4:00 pm
Ignite the Lights at Blair Park @ William Blair Jr. Park
Jan 12 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ignite the Lights at Blair Park @ William Blair Jr. Park
Join the DBCC and friends as we pay homage to the civil rights leaders who ignited the flame for justice and equality in Dallas and across the nation. This event will kick off the celebration … Continue reading Ignite the Lights at Blair Park
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at MLK, Jr. Community Center 12:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at MLK, Jr. Community Center @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Jan 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The City of Dallas Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee invites the community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.  The birthday celebration will allow an opportunity for the community to rejoice in … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at MLK, Jr. Community Center
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Art of Oppression 12:00 pm
Art of Oppression @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (Activity Room B)
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Art of Oppression @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (Activity Room B)
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From Entry-Level to Executive: Millennial Networking Event 6:30 pm
From Entry-Level to Executive: Millennial Networking Event @ Dallas Executive Airport
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
From Entry-Level to Executive: Millennial Networking Event @ Dallas Executive Airport
  Millennials will have the opportunity to network with executives who have had a rapid rise in their career at an early age. This evening is a chance to bring like-minded young professionals who are … Continue reading From Entry-Level to Executive: Millennial Networking Event
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MLK Celebration Job Fair 10:00 am
MLK Celebration Job Fair @ J Erik Jonsson Central Library
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
MLK Celebration Job Fair @ J Erik Jonsson Central Library
The MLK Celebration Job Fair will feature on-site hiring as well as a showcase of workforce skills and credentialing programs to support job-seekers preparing for new opportunities. The event will be hosted in partnership with … Continue reading MLK Celebration Job Fair
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MLK Candlelight Ceremony 7:00 pm
MLK Candlelight Ceremony @ MLK, Jr. Recreation Center
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MLK Candlelight Ceremony @ MLK, Jr. Recreation Center
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Millennial Action Day 9:00 am
Millennial Action Day @ Forest Park
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Millennial Action Day @ Forest Park
Dallas Millennials are invited to join together for a day of community service to give back to the Dallas community and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” Check-in will begin … Continue reading Millennial Action Day
Symposium: Slavery in Texas (at the African American Museum) 12:00 pm
Symposium: Slavery in Texas (at the African American Museum) @ African American Museum of Dallas
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
 
Panel Discussion: Descendants of Thomas Jefferson (At the African American Museum) 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Descendants of Thomas Jefferson (At the African American Museum) @ African American Museum of Dallas
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Gala 6:30 pm
37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Gala @ Hyatt Regency Dallas
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Gala @ Hyatt Regency Dallas
The 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Gala will feature keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, awards presentations, and a special performance by Crystal Aikin, winner of Sunday’s Best. This year’s theme is … Continue reading 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Gala
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“Selma” Screening at the Texas Theatre 4:00 pm
“Selma” Screening at the Texas Theatre @ Texas Theatre
Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In conjunction with the City of Dallas’ Annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dallas Holocaust Museum will host a screening of Selma. The film is based on the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma … Continue reading “Selma” Screening at the Texas Theatre
36th Annual Emmy Award Black Music & Civil Rights Movement Concert 7:30 pm
36th Annual Emmy Award Black Music & Civil Rights Movement Concert @ Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm
Musical tribute with gospel songs honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.
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Half-Off Admission to the Dallas Holocaust Museum
Half-Off Admission to the Dallas Holocaust Museum @ Dallas Holocaust Museum
Jan 21 all-day
Admission will be half-off at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, an intimate museum dedicated to teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and memorializing its victims.  The mission of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is to … Continue reading Half-Off Admission to the Dallas Holocaust Museum
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty @ African American Museum of Dallas
Jan 21 all-day
Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty @ African American Museum of Dallas
This widely acclaimed exhibition brings to life the story of slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. Organized in 2012 by Thomas … Continue reading Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty
2nd Annual Realizing the Dream: Healthy Living Expo 10:00 am
2nd Annual Realizing the Dream: Healthy Living Expo @ African American Museum of Dallas
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2nd Annual Realizing the Dream: Healthy Living Expo @ African American Museum of Dallas
Making New Year’s resolutions for 2019 to lose weight, get out of debt, end an unhealthy relationship or seek help for depression?  Learn how to improve your health physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, socially and holistically at … Continue reading 2nd Annual Realizing the Dream: Healthy Living Expo
MLK Day March/Parade 10:00 am
MLK Day March/Parade @ Starting at Holmes St. and MLK, Jr. Blvd
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am
Floats, marching bands, dance troops, and vehicles participate in a march/parade down MLK Blvd for 200,000 spectators. For more information about the parade, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/2019-mlk-parade.
City-Wide Worship Service 11:00 am
City-Wide Worship Service @ Friendship West Baptist Church
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am
The citywide worship service is hosted by African American Pastors Coalition (AAPC), of which Pastor Carter serves as President. The AAPC, as a timeless model of ministry, demonstrates Christ’s relevance in the world by networking … Continue reading City-Wide Worship Service
Dallas Dinner Table 6:00 pm
Dallas Dinner Table @ Throughout Dallas area
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Dallas Dinner Table organizes dinners as an annual event on the third Monday of January to coincide with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday which provides an opportunity to hear and share diverse … Continue reading Dallas Dinner Table
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. 7:00 pm
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. @ Moody Performance Hall
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm
As in past years on the MLK National Holiday, the 2019 MLK Symposium will emphasize the continuing impact of Dr. King’s legacy on civil rights in America. In 2019 the theme will be “The Pursuit … Continue reading Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.
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National Day of Racial Healing
National Day of Racial Healing @ Nationwide
Jan 22 all-day
National Day of Racial Healing Schedule:   Dallas TRHT Community Visioning Session Refreshments at 8:30am 9:00am-11:30am Communities Foundation of Texas 5500 Caruth Haven Lane Dallas, Texas 75225   Dallas TRHT Community Celebration Luncheon 12:00pm-1:30pm Communities … Continue reading National Day of Racial Healing
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Register for the 2019 MLK Parade

Registration is now open for the 2019 MLK Parade!

The March/Parade will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019, starting from Holmes Street and MLK Jr. Blvd., promptly at 10:00 AM.

The parade entry fee is $90 which can be paid via Money Order or Cashier’s Check, made payable to Communities Foundation of Texas. Refunds will not be available.

Applications are available in the MLK Administration office or online at www.dallasmlkcenter.com/2019-mlk-parade. Applications can be emailed to info@dallasmlkcenter.com, faxed to the MLK Administration office at 214-670-8501, or mailed to 2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215.

For questions, please contact a staff member at 214-670-8418.

Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood

You are cordially invited to attend our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood!

Come and have dinner with us in the true spirit of Thanksgiving. Join us on Saturday, November 17,  from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, for a complete turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. No RSVP is required.

This event is a collaboration between the MLK, Jr. Community Center, The Giving Tree Ministries, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. For more information, contact 214-670-8442.

Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Each year we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. 

On Thursday, October 11, join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, the West Dallas Multipurpose Center, and HACER for a discussion with Consul Guido Arochi, Mexican Consul for Cultural Affairs. This is a free event that will take place at the MLK, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard) at 11:30 A.M.

Light refreshments will be served. All media outlets are invited to attend.

For more information, visit https://dallasmlkcenter.com/event/hispanic-heritage-celebration

MLK Back to School Festival

The MLK Back to School Festival is a “one-stop shop” for parents and students preparing for the new school year. Families can take advantage of free school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, haircuts, and hairstyles. Medical screenings and immunizations will be available through the Foremost Family Health Center. In addition, vendors will be on site with information about education, health, social services, and other available resources in the community.

This event is free and open to all families with school-age children from Pre-K to 12th grade. To receive supplies, parents must provide a photo ID and children must be present. Parents do not have to pre-register to attend.

The Back to School Festival will take place at the MLK, Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 MLK Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All media outlets are invited to attend.

Sponsors and vendors are still needed to make this a successful event. For more information, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school

Reliant Energy kicks off ‘Beat the Heat’ Summer Program

Reliant continues its dedication to the well-being of its customers and local communities by offering several summer assistance programs, including Reliant Beat the Heat Centers in public locations throughout Houston, Dallas, and Corpus Christi. Since 2005, Reliant has contributed more than $10 million through its CARE energy assistance program to help Texans manage summer electricity costs. Reliant will sponsor a cooling center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center starting June 1, 2018.

Participants will be allowed to “beat the heat” in an air-conditioned building during business and high-heat hours through September. In addition to an air-conditioned space, the Center will offer bottled water, snacks, games, and activities, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

A press conference will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM to kick off the summer program. Special guests include Bill Clayton, Vice President of Customer Care for Reliant, and Dallas Councilman Kevin Felder.

This event is sponsored by the City of Dallas and Reliant. For more information, please contact (214) 670-8418 or visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com.

2018 Juneteenth Celebration

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center invites you to participate in the 2018 Juneteenth Celebration, a community-based event celebrating art, history, music, food, family, and freedom. The Juneteenth celebration is a free event, honoring the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The event takes place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

This year’s celebration includes:

  • Local Craft and Food Vendors
  • Free health screenings and HIV testing
  • Nonprofit organizations providing information on community events and social services
  • Fun and educational games for children
  • Arts and Crafts activities for the entire family
  • And last, but not least, live entertainment by local artists, musicians, spoken word artists, dancers, and more!

We are asking for your support this year by participating as a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer.

For details, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/Juneteenth.

Join the 2019 MLK Celebration Committee

 

We are looking for new committee members to help plan the 37th Annual MLK Celebration in January 2019. You will be responsible for planning events reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. King, including the Annual MLK Parade, Awards Banquet, and Celebration Fair.

Committee meetings are held every 2nd Monday of the month (excluding July) at 6:30 PM at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. We welcome new members and new ideas!

For questions, please contact 214-670-8418.

Meet & Greet with the MLK, Jr. Community Center- Tomorrow

What: The MLK Meet & Greet at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is an opportunity for the public to meet the Center’s dedicated volunteers, network with community partners, and mark the progress of the ongoing beautification project across the campus with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

April is national volunteer month and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center will mark this occasion with a small token of appreciation for the volunteers who dedicate their time to serving the community.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. All media outlets are invited to attend.

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 6:30 PM. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM.

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 event. For more information, please contact (214) 670-8418 or visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com.

MLK Meet and Greet Press Release

Join the MLK Celebration Committee

We are looking for new committee members to help plan the 37th Annual MLK Celebration in January 2019. You will be responsible for planning events reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. King, including the Annual MLK Parade, Awards Banquet, and Celebration Fair.

Committee meetings will be held every 2nd Monday of the month (excluding July) at 6:30 PM at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. We welcome new members and new ideas!

For questions, please contact 214-670-8418.