2021 MLK Juneteenth Celebration

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its annual Juneteenth Celebration, in collaboration with the Dallas Police Department Office of Community Affairs.

Attendees drove through the MLK Center’s parking lot and opened their trunks to receive free food, nonperishable goods, household products, informational resources, and more from 30+ Community Partners as we commemorated the Juneteenth holiday.

Community Partners included Reliant NRG, Witherite Law, Ellen’s Kitchen, Fidelity Investments, First Choice Social Services, Destiny’s Giving Hands, South Dallas Community Courts, Empowering the Masses, Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention @ Prairie View A&M University, Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Carter’s House, Morales Group Staffing, Abide Women’s Health Services, Miles of Freedom, In the City For Good, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Oncor, MLK ChildCareGroup, MLK Library, GoPuff, Dallas Museum of Art, Foremost Family Health Center, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, KIPP Public Charter School, Harambee Festival Steering Committee, Bridgford Foods, DFA Dairy Brands, Operation Tiny House, LIRA Group, Boss Fight Entertainment, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, and Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

In and Out provided free burgers and drinks to the community. Kona Ice, sponsored by Reliant, provided free snow cones. Starbucks provided free coffee for the volunteers. Music was provided by DJ FLYY.

During the celebration, 31 winners from the Ultimate Dads Give-a-Way picked up their prizes. The grand prize was a dual BBQ grill, a 7-piece luxury patio furniture set, tent, cooler, apron set, gloves, and BBQ grill utensils.

Special thanks to our volunteers including Sons of Solomon, CH Gerald, and Dallas Fire & Rescue.

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2021 Spring Into Action

On Saturday, May 22, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and LIRA Group hosted Spring Into Action, a day dedicated to giving back to the community. Attendees received free bedding, towels, socks, hygiene kits, and more, along with a hot meal to go.

Sponsors included LIRA Group, SEWA International, HELP, Texas Microfiber, Tennis Shoe Cowboy, and the City of Dallas.

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2021 Phlebotomy Certification Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, May 15, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted it’s 2021 Phlebotomy Certification Commencement Ceremony, sponsored by Empowering the Masses.

A total of 21 students graduated from Empowering the Masses’ Certified Phlebotomy program. Special guests included Dr. Jerry Christian, Chairman of the MLK Advisory Board; Mr. Asa Woodberry, District 6 MLK Advisory Board; Henry Sephus, Miles of Freedom; Pamela Jones, Division Manager III of the MLK, Jr. Community Center; Shawana Carter, Founder of Carter’s House; Angela Mireles, Dallas College; Leonard Johnson, Phlebotomy Instructor; and Tammy Johnson, Executive Director of Empowering the Masses.

Sponsors included 7-11,  Muse Family Foundation, Chic-Fil-A, and the City of Dallas.

Students who are interested in obtaining a certification can apply for free tuition through Empowering the Masses. For details, please visit www.empoweringthemasses.org.

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A Magnificent Mom’s Day Experience (Event Recap)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, in conjunction with LIRA Group, hosted its first ever Magnificent Mom’s Day Experience on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Over 100 women came out to enjoy a day of celebration in honor of Mother’s Day. Inspirational words were provided by Cessilye R. Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Abide Women’s Health Services; Jazze Maxie, Community Affairs Director and On-Air Talent for Urban One Dallas (97.9 The Beat & Magic 94.5); and Pastor Donna Slater, Co-Founder of New Millennium Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas.

Guests enjoyed raffle prizes, games, and a free, high-end shopping experience for beauty and skincare products. At the end of the day, the grand prize winner took home a full set of living room furniture, a writing desk, a big screen T.V., and a floating bar set with 3 chairs.

Complimentary food & dessert were provided by Wingstop and Ellen’s Southern Kitchen. Decorations were provided by Empowering the Masses. Music was provided by Dee Jay Flyy. 

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