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How to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Dallas

Honor Dr. King's life and legacy with celebrations around the city.

Posted on Jan 10, 2018 By Gabby Johnson

MLK Day is Monday, Jan. 15 and there are tons of great events to celebrate his legacy. From parades and exhibits to candle light ceremonies and concerts, the holiday gives visitors and Dallas natives many reasons to catch some of the weekend-long celebrations.


Celebrate with the community

Head to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in South Dallas for the MLK Celebration Fair on Jan. 12 from 11a.m. – 2p.m., for free health screenings and educational and employment opportunities. Tons of vendor booths will be set up with informational pamphlets and resources from employers, colleges and medical professionals. The commemoration continues at the Center that evening with the Candlelight Ceremony at 7 p.m., featuring a keynote speaker and vigil honoring Dr. King. Both events are free to the public!


Extend the celebrations with the annual MLK Awards Banquet on Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel – an event that honors sponsors and partners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. The night will include a formal dinner, live entertainment, silent auction (5:30 p.m.) and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II as the keynote speaker.


Enjoy a cultural experience

Head to the Dallas Holocaust Museum in the West End for family day on Jan. 14. The museum will be open for the viewing of its current exhibit, "Fighting for the Right to Fight," highlighting the African American achievements and struggles during WWII including a homage to Dr. King. Family day is free for attendees and open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The Meyerson Symphony Center presents the 35th annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert – a tribute to Dr. King, celebrating the struggles and triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement. The performance will be on Jan. 13 and features music, dance, film footage of Dr. King and special guests who will perform throughout the evening. It is sure to be a memorable homage to the late American hero.



Attend a celebratory parade

Hit the streets to get the best view of the performers and floats! The 36th annual MLK. Parade is one of the largest commemorative events in the United States, with more than 250,000 spectators and participants every year. This year's theme is "Breaking the Chains," and will feature festive floats, marching bands and Dallas' new Chief of Police, U. Renee Hall, as Grand Marshall. The parade will be on Jan. 15 and begins at 10 a.m. at intersection of Holmes Street and MLK Blvd. and ends at Fair Park.


If you're near Arlington, you won't want to miss the first Dr. Martin Luther King North Texas Parade & Celebration. This highly anticipated event will feature marching bands, drill teams, as well as many special guests, including Texas Governor Greg Abbot, gospel singer Fred Hammond and many others. The parade starts at 10 a.m. right outside AT&T Stadium at AT&T Way, and if you can't make it out, you can see the live televised broadcast on NBC 5.



Header photo credit: The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center 

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