City Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now the Largest MLK Celebration in North Texas

Dallas - The 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration kicks off on Friday, January 13, 2017 with a series of events dedicated to honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Special events include the MLK Celebration Fair, a candlelight ceremony hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a formal awards banquet and a parade down MLK Boulevard.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Breaking the Chains of Injustice." All activities are open to the general public, but a ticket must be purchased for the awards banquet.
• MLK Celebration Fair: Friday, January 13, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center- 2901 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215
• Candlelight Ceremony: Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at MLK Jr. Recreation Center- 2901 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215
• Awards Banquet and Afterglow: Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at The Fairmont Hotel- 1717 N Akard St., Dallas, TX 75201
• MLK Parade: Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The parade route begins at MLK Boulevard at Holmes St. and will proceed East down MLK Boulevard to Fair Park. Participants include local high school bands, floats, community/civic groups, churches and a live radio broadcast.
The MLK Celebration Fair will serve the community with health, employment and educational opportunities. Hiring managers, college recruiters and healthcare professionals have joined forces to bring the Celebration Fair to the MLK Center.

The Candlelight Ceremony is sponsored by the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Contest will be announced during the program.

The Awards Banquet and Afterglow keynote speaker is Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Guests can enjoy dinner, a silent auction and a live performance from the Dillard University choir. The "Afterglow" event, a professional mixer and networking opportunity, will take place immediately after the banquet. Special guests include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas City Council members and other elected officials. Individual tickets are $85 which can be purchased in person at the MLK Center and online. Table sponsorships start at $1,000.

The City of Dallas is the authorized organizer for the MLK Parade and celebration weekend. For more information about events or sponsorship opportunities, please call (214) 670-8418 or go to For the latest updates, follow the MLK Center on Facebook and on Twitter @MLKCCDallas.