The Annual MLK Celebration

2018 MLK Awards Banquet (MLK Essay Contest Winners) 

The 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 MLK Candlelight Ceremony hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; 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.

MLK Celebration Fair 

The MLK Celebration Fair is a combination college, health, and career fair that provides career opportunities, educational resources, medical screenings and access to valuable healthcare information.

2018 MLK Celebration Fair

MLK Candlelight Ceremony

The Candlelight Ceremony is a special event hosted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. There is a Keynote Speaker and winners of the Dr. King Scholarship and Essay contest will be announced.

2018 MLK Candlelight Ceremony

Annual MLK Awards Banquet

This is a formal awards banquet honoring sponsors and partners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Guests enjoy a formal dinner, a silent auction to support MLK Social Services, live entertainment, and a keynote speaker. The previous Keynote Speaker was Rev. Dr. William Barber, II

2018 MLK Awards Banquet

Annual MLK Parade

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 proceeds down MLK and ends at Fair Park. Participants include elected officials, high school bands and dance teams, car clubs, horses, local businesses and other community organizations.

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