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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Dallas

Honor the life of legacy of Dr. King with these local events in town.

Ashley Turner
Posted on Jan 12, 2021

Although our annual and beloved MLK parade has been canceled this year, there are still plenty of ways to honor his life and legacy with educational sessions, special exhibits, and community service projects.

2021 MLK Celebration Week
The City of Dallas will host its 39th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week of activities. The events include a Candle Lighting Ceremony (Jan. 15), Wreath Laying (Jan. 19), and the Equity Symposium (Jan. 22). For more information and the full line up of events, check out the link here.

The Fight for Civil Rights in the South Exhibit
Currently on display at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is a moving exhibit, The Fight for Civil Rights in the South, that combines two photography exhibitions covering the African American struggle for civil rights and social equality in the 1960s. In the gallery Selma to Montgomery, photographer Spider Martin captures the iconic march to Montgomery, Alabama and the moment Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Tickets must be purchased in advanced here.

You can also take a virtual tour of the exhibit on the museum's website.

2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture will host their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium on Jan. 18, and it's going virtual this year! The theme is The Impact of Slavery on Rev. King's 'Dream' and the keynote speaker is Annette Gordon-Reed, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for History and the one of the most authoritative voices on race and history in America. See the full list of other notable panelists and register to attend here.

MLK Day of Service
Moss Haven Farm in Dallas will host a day of service on Jan. 16, as a way to give back to the community, one of the farm's missions. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said,"everybody can be great, because everyone can serve." Read more about Moss Haven Farm and how you can participate in the day of service here