MLK Celebration Week

The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is a long-standing tradition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, with a series of events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Below is a schedule of events planned for the 2019 MLK Celebration Week. You can also view a complete list of events here.

 

Please stay tuned for updates!

 

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Opening Ceremony at City Hall 12:00 pm
Opening Ceremony at City Hall @ Dallas City Hall
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The City of Dallas Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee invites the community to its Inaugural Wreath Laying Ceremony celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King.  The keynote speaker for this event will be … Continue reading Opening Ceremony at City Hall
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Key Housing Issues Faced by Immigrant Communities 10:00 am
Key Housing Issues Faced by Immigrant Communities @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Youth Summit 10:00 am
Youth Summit @ TBD
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Youth Summit is a one-day interactive conference for high school students to engage with other students while addressing the challenges faced within their local communities.Like this:Like Loading...
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Faith Forward Dallas (An Interfaith Prayer Service)
Faith Forward Dallas (An Interfaith Prayer Service)
Jan 14 all-day
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The Controversial History of MLK Day @ the MLK Library 6:00 pm
The Controversial History of MLK Day @ the MLK Library @ MLK Library
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A discussion on the 15-year struggle to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration 12:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Jan 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The City of Dallas Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee invites the community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.  The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Michael W. Waters, former MLK … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
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Art of Oppression 12:00 pm
Art of Oppression @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (Activity Room B)
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Hosted by Miles of Freedom, this event will highlight the importance of art and showcase work from individuals who are incarcerated. King Shakur is a featured poet and guest speaker.  
From Entry-Level to Executive: A Millennial Networking Event 6:00 pm
From Entry-Level to Executive: A Millennial Networking Event @ Dallas Executive Airport
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Millennials will have the opportunity to network with executives who have had a rapid rise in their career at an early age. This evening is a chance to bring like-minded young professionals who are native … Continue reading From Entry-Level to Executive: A Millennial Networking Event
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Workforce and Educational Opportunity Fair 10:00 am
Workforce and Educational Opportunity Fair @ J Erik Jonsson Central Library
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Job fair featuring on-site hiring as well as a showcase of workforce skills and credentialing programs to support job-seekers in preparing for new opportunities. The event will be hosted in partnership with Workforce Solutions of … Continue reading Workforce and Educational Opportunity Fair
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MLK Candlelight Ceremony 7:00 pm
MLK Candlelight Ceremony @ MLK, Jr. Recreation Center
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MLK Candlelight Ceremony @ MLK, Jr. Recreation Center
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Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty @ African American Museum of Dallas
Jan 19 all-day
Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty @ African American Museum of Dallas
This widely acclaimed exhibition brings to life the story of slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. Organized in 2012 by Thomas … Continue reading Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty
Millennial Action Day 9:00 am
Millennial Action Day @ Throughout Dallas
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dallas Millennials will join together for a day of community service to give back to the Dallas community and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”Like this:Like Loading...
37th Annual MLK Celebration Gala 6:30 pm
37th Annual MLK Celebration Gala @ Hyatt Regency Dallas
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The 37th Annual MLK Celebration Gala will feature keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an invocation by Most Reverend Edward J. Burns, awards presentations, and performances. This year’s theme is “Reconciliation: Moving the Dream Forward.” … Continue reading 37th Annual MLK Celebration Gala
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“Selma” Screening at the Texas Theatre 4:00 pm
“Selma” Screening at the Texas Theatre @ Texas Theatre
Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In conjunction with the City of Dallas’ Annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dallas Holocaust Museum will host a screening of Selma. The film is based on the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma … Continue reading “Selma” Screening at the Texas Theatre
36th Annual Emmy Award Black Music & Civil Rights Movement Concert 7:30 pm
36th Annual Emmy Award Black Music & Civil Rights Movement Concert @ Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm
Musical tribute with gospel songs honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.Like this:Like Loading...
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Half-Off Admission to the Dallas Holocaust Museum
Half-Off Admission to the Dallas Holocaust Museum @ Dallas Holocaust Museum
Jan 21 all-day
Admission will be half-off at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, an intimate museum dedicated to teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and memorializing its victims.  The mission of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is to … Continue reading Half-Off Admission to the Dallas Holocaust Museum
2nd Annual Realizing the Dream: Healthy Living Expo 10:00 am
2nd Annual Realizing the Dream: Healthy Living Expo @ African American Museum of Dallas
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2nd Annual Realizing the Dream: Healthy Living Expo @ African American Museum of Dallas
Making New Year’s resolutions for 2019 to lose weight, get out of debt, end an unhealthy relationship or seek help for depression?  Learn how to improve your health physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, socially and holistically at … Continue reading 2nd Annual Realizing the Dream: Healthy Living Expo
MLK Day March/Parade 10:00 am
MLK Day March/Parade @ Starting at Holmes St. and MLK, Jr. Blvd
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am
Floats, marching bands, dance troops, and vehicles participate in a march/parade down MLK Blvd for 200,000 spectators. For more information about the parade, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/2019-mlk-parade.Like this:Like Loading...
City-Wide Worship Service 11:00 am
City-Wide Worship Service @ Friendship West Baptist Church
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am
The citywide worship service is hosted by African American Pastors Coalition (AAPC), of which Pastor Carter serves as President. The AAPC, as a timeless model of ministry, demonstrates Christ’s relevance in the world by networking … Continue reading City-Wide Worship Service
Dallas Dinner Table 6:00 pm
Dallas Dinner Table @ Throughout Dallas area
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Dallas Dinner Table organizes dinners as an annual event on the third Monday of January to coincide with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday which provides an opportunity to hear and share diverse … Continue reading Dallas Dinner Table
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. 7:00 pm
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. @ Moody Performance Hall
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm
As in past years on the MLK National Holiday, the 2019 MLK Symposium will emphasize the continuing impact of Dr. King’s legacy on civil rights in America. In 2019 the theme will be “The Pursuit … Continue reading Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.
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National Day of Racial Healing
National Day of Racial Healing @ Nationwide
Jan 22 all-day
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The 37th Annual MLK Celebration Gala

Join us at the 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gala, featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Tickets to the MLK Celebration Gala are $120, which can be paid via Check, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order, made payable to Communities Foundation of Texas. To purchase tickets using a credit card, please call 214-671-1505 to make a payment over the phone or click the link below:

https://portal.cftexas.org/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-gala

The 2019 MLK March/Parade

Floats, marching bands, dance troops, and vehicles participate in a march/parade down MLK Blvd for 200,000 spectators. To participate in the March/Parade, please complete the application and return it by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 28, 2018.

 

2019 MLK Celebration Parade Application

MLK Scholarship

The MLK Commemorative Essay Contest is open to elementary, middle, high school and college students who live in or near the Dallas area. The deadline to submit your application is December 19, 2018.

Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit our page on Voly.org to see volunteer opportunities.

Partners & Sponsors

View a complete list of partners and sponsors who support the MLK Celebration.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor? View our sponsorship packet below.

2019 MLK Celebration Week Sponsor Levels

For inquiries, contact 214-670-8418 or email info@dallasmlkcenter.com.