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.


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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2022 MLK Celebration Week

In January 2022, the City of Dallas will host its 40th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weeks’ worth of events highlighting issues of equity, diversity, and opportunity. The week will include a Day of Prayer, a Day of Service, a Wreath Laying Ceremony, Job Fair, Equity Symposium, Youth Summit, and Scholarship & Awards Gala. Celebration week will culminate with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtual Parade.

Download the official_2022 MLK Celebration Week Flyer

Virtual Wreath Laying Ceremony
Tuesday, Jan. 11 | 10 a.m.

The City of Dallas and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center invites the community to watch its Wreath Laying Ceremony online, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King.

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

Virtual Job Fair
Wednesday, Jan. 12 | 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

A virtual job fair in partnership with Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas featuring on-site hiring and a showcase of workforce skills and credentialing programs to support job seekers.

Link to Register: bit.ly/MLK2022JobFair

Social Justice & Re-entry Forum 
Thursday, Jan. 13 | 10 a.m.to Noon 
The Change is Possible Tour partners with the city of Dallas to host a panel discussion of formerly incarcerated persons, judges, attorneys, and community activists on the challenges of social justice and re-entry.

Virtual Equity Indicators Symposium
Friday, Jan. 14 | 8:30 a.m. to Noon

Join the City of Dallas and Office of Equity & Inclusion in a critical conversation on building an equitable and inclusive Dallas. 

Download Spanish Flyer

RSVP: bit.ly/2022EquitySymposium

Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Jan. 14 | 7 p.m.

Join the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Martin Luther King, Jr.  Community Center in commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. King.

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

Virtual MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala
Saturday, Jan. 15
Networking Reception | 5:15 p.m.
Gala | 6:30 p.m.

Annual Gala featuring keynote speaker Dr. Eddie Glaude, scholarships, awards presentations, and performances. 

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

Virtual Day of Prayer & Reflection
Sunday, Jan. 16 | 10 a.m.

The City of Dallas and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center reflects and honors the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., his fight for a more just society, social activism, and ability to galvanize support from various Faith Leaders. 

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

Youth Field Day
Sunday, Jan. 16 | 1 p.m.

The Youth Commission will host a Field Day exploring MLK’s legacy, youth impact, and ways to be a leader and make a difference throughout Texas.

RSVP: bit.ly/MLK2022Summit

Virtual MLK Day Parade
Monday, Jan. 17 | 10 -11:30 a.m.

This 2022 Virtual Parade will be pre-recorded and broadcast on the public access channel. It is a compilation of videos and pictures depicting MLK Day parades of the past. There will be interviews discussing the 2022 theme: “40 Years Strong: A Look Toward the Future.”

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

The MLK Fest has been canceled. For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keep-up-the-dream-mlk-fest-2022-tickets-225916571547

Learn more about MLK Celebration Week by visiting: www.dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-celebration-week

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 www.dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-celebration-week

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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 dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-celebration-week.

Original article posted here: http://www.dallascitynews.net/city-dallas-celebrates-39th-annual-mlk-week-virtually

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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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 www.dallascityhall.com. 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)

Visit: https://www.dallasecodev.org/