2022 MLK Black History Month Celebration (Event Recap)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s 2022 Black History Month Celebration was a two-part event, a virtual celebration of unsung artist Arthello Beck, Jr., and a free drive-through giveaway for the community.

Arthello Beck, Jr. “Braiding Session”

The virtual event premiered on Friday, February 11, celebrating the life of artist Arthello Beck, Jr. and recognizing the efforts of the MLK Center’s community partners. The video is available to watch on YouTube.

Produced by Tailored Penguin Media Company, special contributors included the City of Dallas, Reliant, an NRG company, LIRA Group, Miles of Freedom, Foremost Family Health Center, Empowering the Masses, the South Dallas Cultural Center, Deborah Sutton, & Ms. Mae Beck.

Original artwork by Arthello Beck, Jr. will be displayed at the MLK Branch Library and the South Dallas Cultural Center through the month of February. 

Part two of the celebration was a free drive-through giveaway on Saturday, February 12, for 250 families to receive free food, hygiene supplies, cleaning products, and more. Care packages were provided to the homeless with blankets, socks, and hygiene products, along with a hot meal. Music was provided by DJ G Smoove. 

Our community partners include Reliant, an NRG company, LIRA Group, Miles of Freedom, H.E.L.P., Foremost Family Health Center, Empowering the Masses, First Choice Social Services, In the City For Good, Oasis Focus, and KBP Foods KFC.



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Celebrate Black History Month!

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

Arthello Beck, Jr.

The 2022 MLK Black History Month Celebration is a two-part event, a virtual celebration of unsung artist, Arthello Beck, Jr., and a free drive-through giveaway for the community.

Watch the virtual event on Friday, February 11, at noon, celebrating the life of artist Arthello Beck, Jr. Visit the MLK Branch Library and the South Dallas Cultural Center for a look at some of his original artwork, which will be on display through the month of February.

The link to watch the virtual program will be available at http://www.DallasMLKCenter.com

You can also attend a free drive-through giveaway on Saturday, February 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and get a free food box, hygiene supplies, cleaning products, informational resources, and more (while supplies last!). There is no registration required to attend.

Our community partners include Reliant, an NRG company, LIRA Group, Miles of Freedom, H.E.L.P., Foremost Family Health Center, Empowering the Masses, First Choice Social Services, In the City For Good, and KBP Foods KFC.

For questions, please contact 214-670-8418.


WATCH: 2022 MLK Black History Month Celebration


View Photo Gallery (Drive Through Event-February 12, 2022)

WATCH: The Fierce Urgency of Now (Part Two) at 12 PM

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)


The Fierce Urgency of Now- Part Two (February 19, 2021 @ 12 PM)

For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/black-history-month.

WATCH: The Fierce Urgency of Now (Part One) at 12 PM

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)


The Fierce Urgency of Now- Part One (February 12, 2021 @ 12 PM)

For more information, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/black-history-month.

2021 Virtual Black History Month Celebration

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)

2021 Virtual Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The 2021 MLK Virtual Black History Month Celebration is continuing with our theme “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” 

It is our benevolent duty to advocate for the underserved, the poor, the homeless and our precious seniors as we believe we must come together as a community and respectfully have those difficult conversations and work together for solutions.

This event is a 2-part special which will air online February 12 and February 19, 2021. Please check here for links.

Featured Guests

Dr. Michael W. Waters, Pastor & Author, “For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World”

Rev. Richie Butler, Project Unity

Emma Rodgers, Dallas Civil Rights Museum

Jiles King, Spoken Word Artist

Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Chef Art Wilson

Too Geaux Catering

Family Care Connection

MLK ChildCareGroup

Foremost Family Health Center

Miles of Freedom

First Choice Social Services

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

Turner 12

Carter’s House

Empowering the Masses

Rev. Donna Slater, MLK Advisory Board (District 5)

Dr. Jerry Christian, MLK Advisory Board (District 15)

LaSheryl Walker, MLK Advisory Board (District 7)

Trent Hughes, MLK Advisory Board (District 12)

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For more information about this event, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/black-history-month.

 

Rediscovering Lost Values

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, along with the Dallas Civil Rights Museum, will host a panel discussion entitled “Rediscovering Lost Values” on Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the MLK, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Bldg. A). This year’s theme was taken from a speech Dr. King delivered in Detroit in 1954.

Panelists include Matt Houston, President of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce; Rev. L. Robin Murray, Assistant Minister of Children’s Ministry at Joy Tabernacle AME Church; and Dale Long, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters National Partnership Chairman. The moderator is Norma Adams Wade, Journalist from the Dallas Morning News. There will also be a special presentation by Millicent Rone, President of the American Airlines African American Diversity Network.

“We hope attendees will be inspired by our presenters to continue to move Dr. King’s dream forward through action, on a sustained basis,” says Emma Rodgers, curator of the Dallas Civil Rights Museum.

The Dallas Civil Rights Museum will also be open for tours and information. This event is free and open to the public.