2018 MLK Celebration

The 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is a long-standing tradition  of the Center, with a series of events aimed at 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 “Half-Time” celebration, a back to school festival sponsored in part by State Fair of Texas; the Annual Awards Banquet honoring supporters of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center; and the historic MLK parade.

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2017 Martin Luther King Day Parade

All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the MLK Awards Gala.


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, and access to valuable healthcare information and free medical screenings to the community. 

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.

This is a special event hosted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Dr. King Essay and Scholarship Contest winners will be awarded.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Half-Time Celebration │ Location TBD │ Time TBD

Sponsored by the State Fair of Texas, this is a Back to School celebration to give away free backpacks, school supplies, and more.

36th Annual Awards Banquet│ Location TBD │ Begins at 6:00 p.m.

This is a formal awards gala honoring sponsors and partners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. 

Early bird tickets are $90. Tickets are not on sale.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Annual MLK Day Parade │ Along MLK Boulevard │Parade begins at 10:00 a.m.

With approximately 250,000+ parade spectators and participants, the MLK Day 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 below.


2017 MLK Awards Gala

2018 MLK Celebration Fair Application

2018 MLK Celebration Parade Application

Become a Sponsor

2018 MLK Celebration Sponsorship Packet



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