Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in DFW

Celebrate MLK Day Throughout Dallas-Fort Worth

The "I Have a Dream" speech is one of the most unforgettable speeches in American history. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy is celebrated with parades, art, music and culture throughout DFW. Many celebrate his legacy by volunteering. It strengthens communities, bridges barriers and creates a day on -- not a day off. People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can get involved -- just check with your community for opportunities.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963.

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    The weekend long celebration includes the Candle-Lighting Ceremony, the March/Parade, and the Annual Awards Banquet. Historically, the celebration’s theme parallels the national theme set by the King Center in Atlanta. Each event of the celebration is designed to provide a venue for reflection, remembrance, and reenactment for the citizens of Dallas who cherish the life of Dr. King and who seek to carry on his work and mission.

    Awards Banquet: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014; Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75207

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    29th Annual Elite News MLK Parade and Festival

    What: The 29th Annual Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Festival is a 29-year-old historical community celebration founded on tradition, heritage and commitment. . The 28th annual Elite News MLK Day at Fair Park will feature 200 entries such as floats, marching bands, color guards, drill teams, clowns, vehicles, walkers and more. The festival in Fair Park's Tower Building will feature a health fair, a gospel concert, poetry and story telling performances, a fashion show, children's activities, vendor booths and more. Admission to the festival is free.

    When: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 10 a.m.

    Where: Starts at the corner MLK, Jr. Blvd and Holmes Street in Dallas at 10:00 a.m.

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    Community Unity Walk: “March for a Cause”: Awareness of Homelessness : Assembly begins at 8:30 am, Staging area; Dart Rail Parker Road Station, North Parking Lot, 2600 Archerwood St. Walk will conclude at the City of Plano Municipal Building, 1520 K Ave, Plano, TX 75074. Contact: Takisha Voss, Email: vosstakisha@yahoo.com for registration & event details.

    When: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 10 a.m.

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    The Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Ninth and Commerce streets in downtown Fort Worth. The MLK Rally, which features area step groups, dancers, high school bands and skit and drill teams in Sundance Square, will follow the parade.
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    The MLK Day of Service at the University of Texas at Arlington begins at 9 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the campus’ Maverick Activity Center, 500 Nedderman Drive, for assignments. The first 150 volunteers will get a free Arlington MLK commemorative T-shirt.
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    The 2015 events will take place on Friday, Jan. 16, marking the 23rd competition in Dallas and 19th in Houston. This year, students will deliver original three to five minute speeches answering the question, "If Dr. King were to win the Nobel Peace Prize today, what would he say in his acceptance speech?"

    Finals: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, Downtown Dallas

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    MLK Celebration - Irving

    Children and parents are invited to attend a very special celebration of Dr. King's birth. The second annual "Voices of Peace" program includes stories, poetry readings and songs, followed by crafts and refreshments. We've been practicing the program this week, and I promise your kids will be laughing and learning. It will be a great event for teaching children the power of peace and standing up for your beliefs.

    Event: Voices of Peace, a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

    Where: Central Library Auditorium, 801 W. Irving Blvd.

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