2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

In January 2023, the City of Dallas will host its 41st 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 Parade.

 2023 MLK Celebration Week Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

2922 MLK Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

MLK Celebration Job Fair

An in-person job fair in partnership with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dallas Fair Park Hall of State

3939 Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75210

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Day of Prayer

An interfaith celebration of the life & legacy of Dr. King in partnership with Faith Forward Dallas.

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Latino Cultural Center

2600 Live Oak St. Dallas, TX 75204

Friday, January 13, 2023

Equity Symposium

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Paul Quinn College

3837 Simpson Stuart Road, Dallas, TX 75241


Youth Fair


Candle Lighting Ceremony by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

2901 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, TX 75215

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Keep Up the Dream MLK Fest

The MLK Clean Team Initiative (community clean-up) in the South Dallas-Fair Park neighborhood.

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

2922 MLK Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215



41st Annual MLK Scholarship and Awards Gala

6:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Dallas

300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207


Monday, January 16, 2023

MLK Day Parade by HELP

10:00 a.m.


2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Essay Contest


The City of Dallas is pleased to announce the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest! The contest will award eight scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 (per award) to graduating high school seniors accepted into a college-level educational institution (two-year college, four-year college, or trade school).

For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-scholarship.

2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade


The City of Dallas and H.E.L.P (Hope.Encourage.Love.Protect) invite you to participate in the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 10 A.M.

The Parade will feature approximately 250 entries from various community organizations, church groups, youth groups, nonprofit organizations, bands, drill teams, colorful floats, and much more.

Parade applications are available online at www.help-dallas.org/2023-mlk-parade.

For more information, contact 469-592-1388 or send an email to contact@help-dallas.org.


Sponsorship funding will support the implementation of community events and the development of a scholarship fund, with scholarships to be presented at the Gala. Sponsorship benefits and levels are outlined in the sponsorship packet below. 


Sponsorship Levels:


  • -Presenting: $15,000
  • -Platinum: $10,000
  • -Gold: $5,000
  • -Silver: $2,500
  • -Bronze: $1,000
  • -Supporter: $250+
  • -Additional Opportunities/In-Kind Donations


Download the 2023 MLK Celebration Week Sponsorship Packet (PDF)

If you have any questions about sponsorship, please contact Jamel Slaughter, Ph.D., Program Administrator for the Office of Community Care, at (214) 671-5117 or via email at  jamel.slaughter@dallascityhall.com


Funding donated to this page will support the annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with more than a weeks’ worth of events focused on equity, diversity, and opportunity. Donated funds will enable the City to provide the week’s events to the public free of charge, except for the Scholarship Gala, which requires a ticket purchase. Beyond providing support to the events of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week, donations will also support the development of the City of Dallas’ new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be presented at the 41st annual gala event.


To make a donation, contact 214-670-8418 or visit bit.ly/DonateDallasMLK2023.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors


Presenting: $15,000+


Platinum: $10,000+

Gold: $5,000+

Silver: $2,500+

Bronze: $1,000+

Supporter: $250+


To learn more about the MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala, please visit https://dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-gala.