#BeGolden Golden Tables Remind Residents of The Golden Rule at Dallas Community Centers

 

(DALLAS / FORT WORTH) To honor this year’s Juneteenth Celebration of freedom, #BeGolden is bringing the values of respect, empathy and compassion into focus by contributing 16 Golden Tables to Dallas area community centers, including MLK Community Center where the celebration will take place.

Golden Tables are painted gold and feature a plaque that says “May we always be welcoming and gather around the table in the spirit of The Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

#BeGolden is helping Dallas to build a more welcoming community, and these Golden Tables are a lasting way we can remind everyone that we are all neighbors and it’s up to us to make each other feel welcome. #BeGolden is based on The Golden Rule, a principle that rings true for every culture and every faith. #BeGolden began as an initiative of Bishop Edward Burns and the Diocese of Dallas and is supported by the Mayor’s office, The Richards-Lerma agency, Catholic Charities, The Belo Corporation and Dallas Morning News, and many other civic, faith, business, and school leaders. In particular, the City of Dallas’ Welcoming Communities office is a big advocate of #BeGolden, as it works so well with their mission to bridge the space between newcomers and existing Dallas residents, to find common ground, to foster informed understanding and to promote shared leadership.​​​​​

Since it was launched in April, 2018, #BeGolden has been a part of conversations in many organizations across Dallas and has spread to Louisville, Kentucky and San Antonio, Texas.

#BeGolden exists to build a more welcoming community in the Dallas area and beyond. #BeGolden aims to educate, inspire and generate action helping to create a world where we treat immigrants and all people the way we’d like to be treated, and encourage others to do the same. #BeGolden is supported by City of Dallas Mayor Rawlings, Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Edward Burns, The Richards-Lerma agency, Catholic Charities, The Belo Corporation and Dallas Morning News, and many other civic, faith, business, and school leaders. begoldenjourney.com, and #BEGOLDEN JOURNEY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center

On June 19, the MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center will open to the public to increase access to fresh food for the South Dallas community. Sponsored by Leadership Dallas, the distribution center will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and dry goods to the surrounding community.

Statistics

  • In Dallas County, 18.2 percent of the population is considered food insecure.
  • Nearly 700,000 Dallas County residents, including over 245,000 children, live in lower-income communities that lack access to healthy, aff­ordable foods. 
  • The uneven distribution of supermarkets and healthy food resources is a serious problem in Greater Dallas. 
  • Currently, the Fair Park/South Dallas neighborhood has limited access to fresh food, and families often have to choose between paying for food or paying for other basic living expenses such rent, utilities and medical care.

Grand Opening

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the distribution center on Wednesday, June 19, at 2:00 p.m. during the Juneteenth Celebration.

Schedule

The distribution center will be open each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sneak Peek

Community Partners

Our community partners include Leadership Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Miles of Freedom, Empowering the Masses, Trusted World, Architects Interiors Landscape Planning, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, JE Dunn Construction, and Turner 100.

For more information about the MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, please contact 214-670-8418.

Beat the Heat

Reliant and the City of Dallas kicked off summer Beat the Heat centers on June 6 with a press conference at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Special guests included Andrea Russell, Vice President and General Manager of Reliant; Philip Huang, Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services; and Pamela Jones, Division Manager at the MLK, Jr. Community Center.

Reliant’s Beat the Heat centers keep Dallas residents cool as temperatures and electricity usage begin to rise. The centers are designed to provide residents with a safe and comfortable environment and to help reduce home electricity use during the hottest days of summer.

Beat the Heat centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and the West Dallas Multipurpose Center (2828 Fish Trap Rd.).

For more information about Beat the Heat cooling centers, please contact 214-670-8418.

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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.

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

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.

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.