MLK Juneteenth 4K Walk & Festival

2023 MLK Juneteenth 4K Walk & Festival

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in collaboration with LIRA Group is hosting the 2023 Juneteenth 4K Walk & Festival on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The event will begin with a 4K walk, benefitting community center programs and activities, and end with a free community festival with live entertainment, vendors, and free activities for the entire family. 

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. The walk will begin immediately after the opening ceremony. 

Register to Walk

To participate in the walk, individuals and groups must register online.

Registration will begin April 1, 2023.

Individual registration is $15. Team registration is $135. Teams may have up to 10 participants.

Registered participants will receive a t-shirt, complimentary lunch, and swag bag filled with treats.

Funds raised will support the programs and activities at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. 

The deadline to register is May 26, 2023. Refunds will not be available.

The Route

The walk route will be 3 laps around the MLK, Jr. Community Center’s Campus.

Vendor Registration

Vendor registration will begin April 1, 2023.

Vendors will receive one 6-ft. table, 2 chairs, and lunch for 2 individuals. You may bring your own tent or canopy. Electricity is available upon request.

Vendor Categories:

Featured Performers

-Arinze Oji: Dallas-Based Dancer and Artist, will give a live performance during the festival, sponsored by the City of Dallas Community Artist Program (CAP).

-Bria Washington: Dallas-Based Dance Instructor, will engage the crowd in a fun aerobics and line dance warmup.

Special Unveiling and Dedication

There will be a special unveiling & dedication to the MLK, Jr. Community Center from Professor Clarence E. Glover, Jr., former Adjunct Professor of African American Studies at Southern Methodist University.

Community Partnership

Community Partnership levels: 

$15,000- Presenting/Media Partner (1 available) 

  • Emcee Walk Opening Ceremony 
  • Lead the Walk 
  • Up to 40 entries for Walk with Lunch during the Festival 
  • Speak during the Festival 
  • Vendor Table  
  • Featured on all marketing materials 

$10,000- Creative Partner (2 available)

  • Speak during the Festival 
  • Up to 30 entries for Walk with Lunch during the Festival 
  • Announce Random Give-a-ways 
  • Vendor Table 
  • Featured on all marketing materials 

$5,000- Artistic Partner 

  • Up to 20 entries for Walk with Lunch during the Festival 
  • Vendor Table 
  • Featured on all marketing materials 

$1,000- Cultural Partner 

  • Up to 10 entries for Walk with Lunch during the Festival 
  • Vendor Table 
  • Featured on all marketing materials 

$500- Friendship Partner 

  • Up to 5 entries for Walk with Lunch during the Festival 
  • Vendor Table 

The community partnership will assist with the execution of the entire event cost. Any funds exceeding celebration cost will be utilized to support LIRA Group’s programming and other community center cultural events.  Each confirmed community partner will be featured during the celebration.  Community Partnerships come with continued exposure to the support given to the center and promotion of your organization during the event.   

You can make your contribution electronically at and click donate, or you can drop/mail your contribution to the center.  For your requested invoice please let us know your amount. LIRA Group is the 501c3 agent for the 2023 Juneteenth 4K Walk & Festival event.  LIRA Group is recognized as a nonprofit organization by the IRS; IRS Code: Section 501 (c)(3) Tax Identification Number: 82-5252346. Any further questions, please feel free to contact us. 

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in GalvestonTexas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.

Click here to learn more about Juneteenth.

2023 Community Partners





If you are interested in being a community partner, please contact our office at 214-670-8418.