35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration to be held Friday through Monday
The 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is a longstanding tradition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, with the goal of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. The celebration kicks off on Friday Jan. 13 and ends on Jan. 16 with events including the MLK Celebration Fair, the MLK Candlelight Ceremony, the MLK Awards Gala, and the Annual MLK Day Parade. This year’s theme is “Breaking the Chains of Injustice.”
The MLK Celebration Fair is Friday Jan, 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MLK Recreation Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. Attendees can discover new job opportunities, apply for college, or receive free medical screenings. Enjoy a special performance from the South Dallas Cultural Center at this free event.
The MLK Candlelight Ceremony is Friday Jan. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the MLK Recreation Center. Keynote speaker is Dr. Marcus King of Disciple Central Community Church. Winners of the Dr. King Essay Contest will be announced. This event is hosted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is free and open to the public.
The MLK Awards Gala is Saturday Jan.14, at the Fairmont Dallas hotel, 1717 N. Akard St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the silent auction. Keynote speaker is Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President of Dillard University in New Orleans. Special guests include Laila Muhammad and Yolonda Williams from CW33. Watch live performances from the Ray Baker Project, gospel recording artist Candy West, and the Dillard University concert choir. The “Afterglow” event will follow the gala. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased at www.dallasmlkcenter.com/purchase.
The Annual MLK Day Parade is at 10 a.m. Monday Jan. 16 starting at the intersection of Holmes Street and MLK Boulevard. It will proceed down MLK Blvd. to the entrance of Fair Park. Participants include elected officials, high school bands and dance teams, car clubs, horses, local businesses and other community organizations. The parade will be streamed live on CW33. This is a free event.
For more information about the celebration visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/2017mlkcelebration.