2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

In January 2024, the City of Dallas will host its 42nd 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.

 2024 MLK Celebration Week Calendar of Events

To Be Announced!

2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Essay Contest

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay 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).

The contest is open to high school seniors attending a City of Dallas high school. These Scholarships are to help defray the cost of tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses.

The scholarship will open in November 2024.

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


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 42nd annual gala event.

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


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 2024 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

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors



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