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Special Event: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

Where:  MLK Jr. Recreation Center
2901 Pennsylvania Ave.
Dallas, TX 75215
When:  Jan 13
11am–2pm MLK Celebration Fair; 7pm candlelight ceremony.
Price:  Free.
Phone:  214/670-8418
Map:  Click for map
The 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration kicks off on Friday, January 13, with a series of events dedicated to honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Special events include the MLK Celebration Fair, a candlelight ceremony hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a formal awards banquet and a parade down MLK Boulevard.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Breaking the Chains of Injustice.” All activities are open to the general public, but a ticket must be purchased for the awards banquet.

MLK Celebration Fair: Friday, January 13, from 11am-2pm at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center- 2901 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215. The MLK Celebration Fair will serve the community with health, employment and educational opportunities. Hiring managers, college recruiters and healthcare professionals have joined forces to bring the Celebration Fair to the MLK Center.

Candlelight Ceremony: Friday, January 13, at 7pm at MLK Jr. Recreation Center- 2901 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215. The Candlelight Ceremony is sponsored by the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Contest will be announced during the program.

MLK Parade: Monday, January 16, at 10am. The parade route begins at MLK Boulevard at Holmes St. and will proceed East down MLK Boulevard to Fair Park. Participants include local high school bands, floats, community/civic groups, churches and a live radio broadcast.

Awards Banquet and Afterglow: Saturday, January 14, at 5:30pm at The Fairmont Hotel- 1717 N Akard St., Dallas, TX 75201. The keynote speaker is Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Guests can enjoy dinner, a silent auction and a live performance from the Dillard University choir. The “Afterglow” event, a professional mixer and networking opportunity, will take place immediately after the banquet. Special guests include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas City Council members and other elected officials. Individual tickets are $85 which can be purchased in person at the MLK Center and online.

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