Join HELP and the City of Dallas for the 2023 MLK Day Parade on Monday, January 16, 2023!“It Starts With Me”
For more information about the 2023 MLK Day Parade, visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-parade.
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.
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.
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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In January 2022, the City of Dallas will host its 40th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weeks’ worth of events highlighting issues of equity, diversity, and opportunity. The week will include a Day of Prayer, a Day of Service, a Wreath Laying Ceremony, Job Fair, Equity Symposium, Youth Summit, and Scholarship & Awards Gala. Celebration week will culminate with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtual Parade.
Virtual Wreath Laying Ceremony
Tuesday, Jan. 11 | 10 a.m.
The City of Dallas and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center invites the community to watch its Wreath Laying Ceremony online, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Virtual Job Fair
Wednesday, Jan. 12 | 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
A virtual job fair in partnership with Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas featuring on-site hiring and a showcase of workforce skills and credentialing programs to support job seekers.
Link to Register: bit.ly/MLK2022JobFair
Virtual Equity Indicators Symposium
Friday, Jan. 14 | 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Join the City of Dallas and Office of Equity & Inclusion in a critical conversation on building an equitable and inclusive Dallas.
Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Jan. 14 | 7 p.m.
Join the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Virtual MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala
Saturday, Jan. 15
Networking Reception | 5:15 p.m.
Gala | 6:30 p.m.
Annual Gala featuring keynote speaker Dr. Eddie Glaude, scholarships, awards presentations, and performances.
Virtual Day of Prayer & Reflection
Sunday, Jan. 16 | 10 a.m.
The City of Dallas and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center reflects and honors the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., his fight for a more just society, social activism, and ability to galvanize support from various Faith Leaders.
The Youth Commission will host a Field Day exploring MLK’s legacy, youth impact, and ways to be a leader and make a difference throughout Texas.
Virtual MLK Day Parade
Monday, Jan. 17 | 10 -11:30 a.m.
This 2022 Virtual Parade will be pre-recorded and broadcast on the public access channel. It is a compilation of videos and pictures depicting MLK Day parades of the past. There will be interviews discussing the 2022 theme: “40 Years Strong: A Look Toward the Future.”
The MLK Fest has been canceled. For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keep-up-the-dream-mlk-fest-2022-tickets-225916571547
For the Rental or Mortgage Assistance program, the pre-screening process will begin on May 4, 2020. City of Dallas residents are invited to participate online at www.dallascityhall.com. The application is available on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.
For those residents without access to the internet, call center agents are available at 469-749-6500 from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Due to expected higher than average call volume, residents may experience higher than average call times or a busy signal. Eligible applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Has your small business in the City of Dallas seen a loss or decline of at least 25% revenue due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for assistance through the Small Business Continuity Fund.
(DALLAS / FORT WORTH) To honor this year’s Juneteenth Celebration of freedom, #BeGolden is bringing the values of respect, empathy and compassion into focus by contributing 16 Golden Tables to Dallas area community centers, including MLK Community Center where the celebration will take place.
Golden Tables are painted gold and feature a plaque that says “May we always be welcoming and gather around the table in the spirit of The Golden Rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”
#BeGolden is helping Dallas to build a more welcoming community, and these Golden Tables are a lasting way we can remind everyone that we are all neighbors and it’s up to us to make each other feel welcome. #BeGolden is based on The Golden Rule, a principle that rings true for every culture and every faith. #BeGolden began as an initiative of Bishop Edward Burns and the Diocese of Dallas and is supported by the Mayor’s office, The Richards-Lerma agency, Catholic Charities, The Belo Corporation and Dallas Morning News, and many other civic, faith, business, and school leaders. In particular, the City of Dallas’ Welcoming Communities office is a big advocate of #BeGolden, as it works so well with their mission to bridge the space between newcomers and existing Dallas residents, to find common ground, to foster informed understanding and to promote shared leadership.
Since it was launched in April, 2018, #BeGolden has been a part of conversations in many organizations across Dallas and has spread to Louisville, Kentucky and San Antonio, Texas.
#BeGolden exists to build a more welcoming community in the Dallas area and beyond. #BeGolden aims to educate, inspire and generate action helping to create a world where we treat immigrants and all people the way we’d like to be treated, and encourage others to do the same. #BeGolden is supported by City of Dallas Mayor Rawlings, Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Edward Burns, The Richards-Lerma agency, Catholic Charities, The Belo Corporation and Dallas Morning News, and many other civic, faith, business, and school leaders. begoldenjourney.com, and #BEGOLDEN JOURNEY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Reliant and the City of Dallas kicked off summer Beat the Heat centers on June 6 with a press conference at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Special guests included Andrea Russell, Vice President and General Manager of Reliant; Philip Huang, Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services; and Pamela Jones, Division Manager at the MLK, Jr. Community Center.
Reliant’s Beat the Heat centers keep Dallas residents cool as temperatures and electricity usage begin to rise. The centers are designed to provide residents with a safe and comfortable environment and to help reduce home electricity use during the hottest days of summer.
Beat the Heat centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and the West Dallas Multipurpose Center (2828 Fish Trap Rd.).
For more information about Beat the Heat cooling centers, please contact 214-670-8418.