2024 MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala

In January 2024, the City of Dallas will host its 42nd annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weeks’ worth of events, culminating with our Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala. 

The Gala, renamed in 2019 to the MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala, is a longstanding event of the celebration and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our goal for the Scholarship & Awards Gala is to support the educational aspirations of City of Dallas youth through scholarships and to recognize City of Dallas residents that have made invaluable contributions to their communities reflecting the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The purpose and goal of the awards is to acknowledge organizations that echo the City of Dallas’ core values of Empathy, Ethics, Equity, & Excellence as a reflection of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their service to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

Special Guests

The 2024 MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala will feature Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III., and Mistress of Ceremony Tashara Parker. Commissioner John Wiley Price is the 2024 Trailblazer Award recipient.

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Tickets will go on sale November 1, 2023.

General Admission tickets are $215. VIP is $350.

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An early bird discount of 20% will be applied to all tickets sold during the month of November. Use “EarlyBirdMLK2024” as the promo code.


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: $25,000
  • -Diamond: $15,000
  • -Platinum: $10,000
  • -Gold: $5,000
  • -Silver: $3,500
  • -Bronze: $2,500
  • -Sponsor Table: $2,200
  • -Supporter: $250
  • -Additional Opportunities/In-Kind Donations

Download: 2024 MLK Sponsorship Packet

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 42nd 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/DonateDallasMLK2024.

To learn more about programs and activities scheduled during MLK Celebration Week, please visit dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-celebration-week.

Learn more about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Essay Contest.

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