The 36th Annual MLK Celebration

The Annual 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. This 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.

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


Friday, January 12, 2018

MLK Celebration Fair │ 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. │ MLK Recreation Center 

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 │  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. │ MLK Recreation Center

The Candlelight Ceremony is a special event hosted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. The Keynote Speaker is Senior Pastor Frederick D. Haynes, III of Friendship West Baptist Church. Dr. King Scholarship and Essay Contest winners will be awarded. Applications are available below.

2017 MLK Candlelight Ceremony

Saturday, January 13, 2018

36th Annual MLK Awards Banquet│ Doors open at 5:30 p.m. │ Dallas Hyatt Regency

This is a formal awards banquet honoring sponsors and partners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Guests will enjoy a formal dinner, a silent auction to support MLK Social Services, live entertainment from the Life School Oak Cliff Honor Choir, and keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. William Barber, IIThe Mistress of Ceremony is Yolonda Williams, Host of CW33’s Newsfix. 

Tickets are $85 and can be purchased below.

Special guests include:

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. William Barber, II

Monday, January 15, 2018

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

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.

There is a mandatory parade safety meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., for all parade participants at the MLK, Jr. Community Center.

2017 Martin Luther King Parade

Become a Sponsor

2017 MLK Silent Auction

View our Sponsorship Packet for sponsor opportunities: 

2018 MLK Celebration Sponsorship Packet


Support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center by making a donation today.

For inquiries, contact 214-670-8418 or email