In February 1969, the Crossroads Community Center was established, providing an interim program of administration, client intake and referral, medical and health care, employment and welfare assistance, community organization, neighborhood and housing improvement, and daycare for children.
In January 1975, the Center was renamed The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
On July 3, 1976, a 7-foot bronze statue of Dr. King was unveiled by Martin Luther King Sr. in front of a crowd of more than 6000 people.
In January 1982, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center established the first Annual Awards Banquet and parade.
In January 2017, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center hosted its first-ever televised MLK Day Parade, becoming the largest celebration in North Texas.
Former city leaders reflect on their involvement with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Courtesy of the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library.