Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

On Friday, October 8, 2021, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a free giveaway of nachos and treats to the community. 

110 attendees enjoyed salsa and bachata music, nachos and drinks, and a sweet treat at the end.

Sponsors included LIRA Group, the Community Food Bank of Fort Worth, and Bimbo Bakeries USA.

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2021 MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival (Event Recap)

On Saturday, August 14, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center celebrated its annual MLK Back to School Festival with a drive-through event for families and students to get free backpacks, school supplies, and more to prepare for the new school year.

Our volunteers and Community Partners distributed more than 1,200 backpacks with school supplies, bags with nonperishable food items, household cleaning products, hot dogs, soda, snow cones, and more.

Our Community Partners included National Association of Black Accountants, MLK ChildCareGroup, Harambee Steering Committee, Abide Women’s Health Services, The Richards Group, Dallas Museum of Art, Foremost Family Health Center, South Dallas Community Court, City of Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability, City of Dallas Environmental Education & Initiative, Trinity Basin School, Dallas Rape Crisis, MLK Branch Library, Morales Group, KIPP: Texas Public School, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, Reliant NRG with Kona Ice, Maximus, and the Dallas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

This event was sponsored in part by LIRA Group, Peter & Dena Silberman, and the City of Dallas.

Additional donations and special contributions came from Capital One, APL Logistics, Dallas Mavericks, Carter’s House, Funky Town Fridge, Encore Global, Enterprise Foundation, IKEA, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Zeta Chapter, DART, Project Unity, Stork’s Nest Charity Fund of Dallas, Brian Eberstein, Miles of Freedom, In the City For Good, and the AT&T NTX Ran Construction Team.

Special thanks to everyone who donated supplies and volunteered their time to ensure we had a successful event!

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Videos provided by Elaine Sacks, MLK Advisory Board (District 1)


Reliant Teams Up With City Of Dallas To Help Vulnerable Residents Stay Cool This Summer With Beat The Heat Program

WHAT: Summer months in Dallas are known for bringing sweltering heat to our city, and many residents are still looking for ways to stay cool in their homes. This Thursday, July 22, Reliant is partnering with the City of Dallas to improve living conditions for residents of South Dallas and Fair Park who are facing Texas’ devastating summer heat.

With Reliant’s support, the City of Dallas’ MLK, Jr. Community Center and West Dallas Multipurpose Center, will assist over 200 families throughout the summer with combination portable AC and coolers to beat the heat safely in their homes. Residents can call West Dallas Multipurpose Center at 214-670-6341 or MLK Jr. Community Center at 214-670-8418 to apply for a portable A/C unit.

Many low-income homeowners are not able to control the temperature in their home, impacting their health while summer temperatures rise. This is Reliant’s 12th consecutive year launching its “Beat the Heat” program in partnership with the City of Dallas. The program provides resources for Dallas-area vulnerable residents to stay cool and receive financial assistance for their electricity bills during the hottest days of summer.

Community Assistance by Reliant Energy

Across Texas, Reliant has provided more than $12 million to help Texans who need assistance with electricity costs through the CARE (Community Assistance by Reliant Energy) program since 2002. Anyone who needs help paying their electricity bill this summer can call 2-1-1 within Texas or visit 211texas.org. Reliant customers can also contact us 24/7 through a number of convenient ways, including at 1-866-222-7100, via online chat, or on the Reliant app.

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*Registration @ MLK is now closed for the portable A/C units.

2021 AIDS Walk South Dallas

On Saturday, June 26, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted AIDS Walk South Dallas in observance of National HIV Testing Day. 

This year’s theme was “Intensifying The Fight for Health and Rights” which extends the mission to inspire, educate and galvanize the community of South Dallas and surrounding areas to continue to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and assist those impacted. 

For more information about AIDS Walk South Dallas, please visit www.aidswalksouthdallas.com.

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Photos courtesy of Beverly Hilton.

2021 MLK Juneteenth Celebration

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its annual Juneteenth Celebration, in collaboration with the Dallas Police Department Office of Community Affairs.

Attendees drove through the MLK Center’s parking lot and opened their trunks to receive free food, nonperishable goods, household products, informational resources, and more from 30+ Community Partners as we commemorated the Juneteenth holiday.

Community Partners included Reliant NRG, Witherite Law, Ellen’s Kitchen, Fidelity Investments, First Choice Social Services, Destiny’s Giving Hands, South Dallas Community Courts, Empowering the Masses, Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention @ Prairie View A&M University, Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Carter’s House, Morales Group Staffing, Abide Women’s Health Services, Miles of Freedom, In the City For Good, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Oncor, MLK ChildCareGroup, MLK Library, GoPuff, Dallas Museum of Art, Foremost Family Health Center, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, KIPP Public Charter School, Harambee Festival Steering Committee, Bridgford Foods, DFA Dairy Brands, Operation Tiny House, LIRA Group, Boss Fight Entertainment, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, and Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

In and Out provided free burgers and drinks to the community. Kona Ice, sponsored by Reliant, provided free snow cones. Starbucks provided free coffee for the volunteers. Music was provided by DJ FLYY.

During the celebration, 31 winners from the Ultimate Dads Give-a-Way picked up their prizes. The grand prize was a dual BBQ grill, a 7-piece luxury patio furniture set, tent, cooler, apron set, gloves, and BBQ grill utensils.

Special thanks to our volunteers including Sons of Solomon, CH Gerald, and Dallas Fire & Rescue.

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2021 Spring Into Action

On Saturday, May 22, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and LIRA Group hosted Spring Into Action, a day dedicated to giving back to the community. Attendees received free bedding, towels, socks, hygiene kits, and more, along with a hot meal to go.

Sponsors included LIRA Group, SEWA International, HELP, Texas Microfiber, Tennis Shoe Cowboy, and the City of Dallas.

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2021 Phlebotomy Certification Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, May 15, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted it’s 2021 Phlebotomy Certification Commencement Ceremony, sponsored by Empowering the Masses.

A total of 21 students graduated from Empowering the Masses’ Certified Phlebotomy program. Special guests included Dr. Jerry Christian, Chairman of the MLK Advisory Board; Mr. Asa Woodberry, District 6 MLK Advisory Board; Henry Sephus, Miles of Freedom; Pamela Jones, Division Manager III of the MLK, Jr. Community Center; Shawana Carter, Founder of Carter’s House; Angela Mireles, Dallas College; Leonard Johnson, Phlebotomy Instructor; and Tammy Johnson, Executive Director of Empowering the Masses.

Sponsors included 7-11,  Muse Family Foundation, Chic-Fil-A, and the City of Dallas.

Students who are interested in obtaining a certification can apply for free tuition through Empowering the Masses. For details, please visit www.empoweringthemasses.org.

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A Magnificent Mom’s Day Experience (Event Recap)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, in conjunction with LIRA Group, hosted its first ever Magnificent Mom’s Day Experience on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Over 100 women came out to enjoy a day of celebration in honor of Mother’s Day. Inspirational words were provided by Cessilye R. Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Abide Women’s Health Services; Jazze Maxie, Community Affairs Director and On-Air Talent for Urban One Dallas (97.9 The Beat & Magic 94.5); and Pastor Donna Slater, Co-Founder of New Millennium Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas.

Guests enjoyed raffle prizes, games, and a free, high-end shopping experience for beauty and skincare products. At the end of the day, the grand prize winner took home a full set of living room furniture, a writing desk, a big screen T.V., and a floating bar set with 3 chairs.

Complimentary food & dessert were provided by Wingstop and Ellen’s Southern Kitchen. Decorations were provided by Empowering the Masses. Music was provided by Dee Jay Flyy. 

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2021 MLK Community Spring Extravaganza

On Thursday, April 1, we celebrated the MLK Community Spring Extravaganza with an egg hunt for the children in the MLK ChildCareGroup and a free giveaway for the community, including free hot dogs, candy eggs, and special treats.

Our community partners included the City of Dallas, Miles of Freedom, Ellen’s Southern Kitchen, Foremost Family Health Center, LIRA Group, Family Care Connection, Carter’s House, The Turner 12, Empowering the Masses, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, HELP (a nonprofit organization), KIPP Texas Public Schools, the MLK Branch Library, Sigma Gamma Rho, Transportation Unlimited, Inc., and KHAM Radio.

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WATCH: The Fierce Urgency of Now (Part Two) at 12 PM

“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 Two (February 19, 2021 @ 12 PM)

For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/black-history-month.