The 2018 MLK 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. The weekend-long celebration includes the MLK Celebration Fair, a career and education fair for prospective employees and students; the Candlelight Ceremony hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated; the MLK Awards Banquet honoring supporters of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center; and the historic MLK parade.
All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the MLK Awards Banquet.
Friday, January 12, 2018
MLK Celebration Fair │ MLK Recreation Center │ 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The MLK Celebration Fair will provide career opportunities, educational resources, medical screenings and access to valuable healthcare information.
Free vendor booths are available to employers, colleges, and medical professionals. Applications are available below.
MLK Candlelight Ceremony │ MLK Recreation Center │ 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Candlelight Ceremony is a special event hosted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Dr. King Scholarship and Essay Contest winners will be awarded. Applications are available below.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
36th Annual MLK Awards Banquet│ Location: Dallas Hyatt Regency │ 6:30 p.m.
This is a formal awards banquet honoring sponsors and partners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Guests will enjoy a formal dinner, silent auction, keynote speaker, and live entertainment. The keynote speaker for this year is Rev. Dr. William Barber, II.
Tickets are $85 and can be purchased below.
Special guests include:
Monday, January 15, 2018
Annual MLK Parade │ Along MLK Boulevard │Parade begins at 10:00 a.m.
With approximately 250,000+ parade spectators and participants, the MLK parade is considered one of the largest commemorative events held in the United States. The parade begins at the intersection of Holmes Street and MLK Boulevard; it will proceed down MLK and end at Fair Park.
Participants include elected officials, high school bands and dance teams, car clubs, horses, local businesses and other community organizations.
To march in the parade, please complete and submit the application provided below by Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Parade fees are $75 per entry; multiple vehicles are $10 per additional vehicle.Units with vehicles must provide a copy of the driver’s license and insurance information with the application. Parade fees can be paid online (below), or with a money order or cashier’s check, made payable to MLK Dallas Dream Forward.
Student organizations including Elementary, Middle/Junior High, and High School bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, and choirs can participate at no charge. There is a mandatory safety meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, for all parade participants.
Become a Sponsor
Scan and email all applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 214-670-8501.
Pay your 2018 MLK Parade application fee online: