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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Dallas

Honor the life and legacy of Dr. King with these special events.

Posted on Jan 14, 2020 By Jamina Tribbett

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 20 and there are numerous ways the city is celebrating his life and remarkable impact and achievements. Here are a few ways you can honor and remember Dr. King.

Equity Symposium – Jan. 14

While Dr. King helped make many advancements in civil rights, there are still issues that we are facing today. Attend the Equity Symposium at Paul Quinn College on Dallas Equity Indicators to build community partners among various organizations to address the disparities in the Equity Indicators report.

Wreath Laying Ceremony – Jan. 15

Attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony celebrating the life and legacy or Dr. King at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Dallas City Hall at noon.

Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs Panel Discussion – Jan. 17

Dr. King believed that all people – regardless of their race, gender, or immigration or economic status - be treated equally, fairly and humanely, have equal access to justice, education, government resources and economic opportunities, and are able to achieve their full potential as human beings. In the spirit of his legacy, attend a panel discussion on Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs on Jan. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Volunteer Now, 2800 Live Oak St.

Candle Lighting Ceremony – Jan. 17

Head to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center at 6:30 p.m. for a candle lighting ceremony hosted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Keep Up the Dream South Dallas clean up – Jan. 18

Gather family and friends and volunteer to join the MLK Clean Team Initiative to clean up the South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch, T-shirts and trash retrieval items will be provided.

38th Annual MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala – Jan. 18

Make plans to attend the 38th Annual MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala: Linking Many Cultures Together for One Dream with keynote speaker Mr. Andrew Gillum at the Hilton Anatole at 6:30 p.m., as students and community leaders are recognized and awarded for their service and excellence. The gala will also feature special performances.  

37th Annual Black Music & Civil Rights Concert –  Jan. 19

Head to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony for the 37th annual two-time Emmy Winning Black Music & Civil Rights Concert as they pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hosted by the Academy of Black Arts and Letters, the live performance dramatizes and displays on the moments and recollections of the life and works of Dr. King and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. It's a compelling night of narration, music and dance that includes special guest, musician Gary "Lil G" Jenkins from Silk. Purchase your tickets today!

38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration March and Parade – Jan. 20

Gather friends and family to participate in a long-time community tradition at the annual MLK March and Parade. The event will begin on Holmes Street and MLK Jr. Blvd. promptly at 10 a.m., and will feature approximately 250 entries from various community organizations, church groups, youth groups, nonprofit organizations, band/drill teams, colorful floats and much more.

15th Annual MLK Symposium – Jan. 20

The Dallas Institute has long recognized Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as one of the foremost thinkers, speakers, and writers in the American tradition. Head to Moody Performance Hall for the annual MLK Symposium: Pursuing Racial Justice in 21st Century America from 7 to 8:45 p.m. The event provides an intellectual and imaginative experience that explores the historical achievement of Dr. King, considers his impact, promotes the ongoing study of Dr. King's speeches and writing, connects the Civil Rights Movement to current movements and more.

National Day of Racial Healing – Jan. 21

Join Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation for a continuation of their Community Visioning process and an introduction of racial healing techniques at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library on Jan. 21, 9 to 11:45 a.m.

Or visit the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum and the Trinity River from 7 to 9 p.m. for an exploration of community imagination. What if Dallas never had colonization or remained an indigenous and sovereign land? It's an experience you don't want to miss.

MLK Youth Summit – Jan. 25

For young people who are interested in continuing Dr. King's legacy, plan to participate at the MLK Youth Summit at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The summit is designed to spark dialogue, awareness and engagement to equip students and young professionals to advocate for racial justice in their schools, workplaces, communities and beyond.

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