2022 MLK Juneteenth 3K Walk & Festival

About the 2022 MLK Juneteenth 3K Walk & Festival

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in collaboration with LIRA Group is hosting the 2022 Juneteenth 3K Walk & Festival on Saturday, June 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The event will start with a Health & Wellness Walk and end with a Community Festival. You must register for the walk on Eventbrite at bit.ly/juneteenth22 in order to participate. There will be live entertainment, selling vendors and free activities for children.      

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The opening ceremony for the walk kicks off at 9:00 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. The festival will begin immediately after the walk. 

This year’s theme is “2022 A Better Me, A Better You!”

Register to Walk

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

Individual registration is $15. Team registration is $125. Teams may have up to 10 participants.

Registered participants will receive a t-shirt, free 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 27, 2022. Refunds will not be available.

The Route

The walk route will be 2 laps around the MLK, Jr. Community Center’s Campus.

Juneteenth Festival

The festival opening ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be vendors, live entertainment, and children’s activities, including a bounce house, petting zoo, and face painting throughout the day.

There is no cost to attend the festival.

Scheduled Performers:

Vendor Registration


If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please complete the official 2022 Juneteenth Vendor Application (Fillable PDF) and pay the vendor fee of $55. The fee can be paid via money order, cashier’s check, or online at www.liragroup.org

The deadline to register is Friday, June 3, 2022.

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.

Applications are not complete until the fee has been received and the application has been approved. Refunds will not be available.

Vendor Categories:

DOWNLOAD: 2022 Juneteenth Vendor Application (Fillable PDF)

Submit applications to either Larhonda.Bacon@dallascityhall.com or Natashia.Cooper@dallascityhall.com.



We are at capacity for volunteers!

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 
  • Announce Dad’s Day Experience Winners 
  • 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 www.liragroup.org 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 2022 Juneteenth 3K 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. 

2022 Community Partners










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

What is Juneteenth? 

On June 19, 1865, two months after the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, Union General Gordon Granger and approximately 1,800 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and enforce the Emancipation Proclamation.

Granger read General Orders No. 3, which declared in part: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) is a holiday commemorating this day, which marked the effective end of slavery in the United States.

More than two years before Granger’s announcement, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation (on January 1, 1863), which made known that all enslaved people in Confederate states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

After the war came to a close in the spring of 1865, General Granger’s arrival in Galveston that June signaled freedom for Texas’s 250,000 slaves. Although emancipation didn’t happen overnight for everyone—in some cases, slave owners withheld the information until after harvest season—celebrations broke out among newly freed blacks, and Juneteenth was born. (That December, slavery in America was formally abolished with the adoption of the 13th Amendment.)