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Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in DFW

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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.

1. The 32nd Annual MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration - Dallas

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

2. 28th Annual Elite News MLK Parade and Festival

What: The Annual Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Festival is a 28-year-old historical community celebration founded on tradition, heritage and commitment. With more than 250,000+ annual attendees, the parade ranks as one of the Top 5 celebrations commemorating Dr. King in the country. 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.

Parade details: The Parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m., at the corner of MLK Blvd. & Lamar Street and line up at 7:30 a.m. The parade will proceed down MLK Blvd. to Fair Park. The MLK festival doors will open at 10 a.m.. at the Tower Building in Fair Park until 6 p.m.

When: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas

3. 2013 Plano MLK Day

The City of Plano has a lot of events planed or MLK Day 201. Follow the link for complete details. Here are just a few:

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Health & Information Fair: Immediately following the Power Leadership Breakfast, the public is invited to visit with over 25 vendors in various markets including health and education industries. The health fair will be located at the Collin College Spring Creek Campus in the Atrium. Contact: terri@planocf.com

4. A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2013

What: The 30th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. This moving tribute reflects on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and celebrates a new nationwide spirit of continuance change with potent film footage, narration, music and dance.

For three consecutive decades, this moving tribute reflects on Dr. King's philosophy and celebrates the struggles and triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. This compelling evening of film footage, narration, music and dance is entertaining and full of remarkable history. The concert features Grammy nominee Ledisi.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013

Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Downtown Dallas Arts District, 2501 Flora Street, Dallas, TX

Tickets: $15-$30

5. MLK 2013 Parade Carrollton

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by watching a parade through Carrollton. The parade will start on Jamestown Street (behind Carrollton City Hall) and proceed west to Josey Lane; south on Josey Lane to Keller Springs; east on Keller Springs to Kelly Boulevard; south on Kelly Boulevard to end at Ted Polk Middle School at 2001 Kelly Boulevard. The parade is sponsored by Christ Community Connections, in partnership with the City of Carrollton. Details: 972-242-0933.

When: January 19, 2013 at 10 a.m.

6. 2013 Fort Worth MLK Parade

Fort Worth’s annual tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. steps off at 11 a.m. on Monday Jan. 21, 2013. The parade begins at Ninth and Commerce streets, heads north on Commerce, west on Weatherford Street and south on Houston before winding down at Water Gardens Plaza.

7. Arlington's MLK Day of Service 2013

The Arlington MLK Day of Service will take place on Monday, January 21, 2013. The goal is to get at least 500 volunteers to serve throughout the community. Various tasks will be assigned throughout the community. Each volunteer will be asked to serve two hours. On the day of service all volunteers will meet at UTA\Maverick Athletics Center, 500 Nedderman Drive, Arlington Texas, at 9 a.m. for assignments and light refreshments. The first 250 volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt recognizing the 2013 Arlington MLK Celebration.

To volunteer, visit the website or contact Toni Kincaid at tkincaid@graphiccommunications.com or 817-472-7963.

8. The 21st Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition - 2013

The 21st Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. Semi-Finals: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Dallas ISD Headquarters Auditorium. Finals: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, Downtown Dallas. Theme for Speeches: “If you could talk directly to Dr. King about your dream for our future, what would you tell him?”

9. 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibit - Frisco

Here's a great exhibit for elementary school children. A special Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibit is set for Monday, Jan 21, 2012 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Frisco Public Library Frisco.

Check out the interactive exhibit highlighting Dr. King's life and the civil rights struggle. This exhibit is come and go located in the Children's Program Room on the 2nd floor.

Frisco Public Library, 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard #3000, Frisco, TX 75034. 972-292-5669

10. MLK Celebration - Irving

The City of Irving will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance at 7 p.m. January 21 in the Carpenter Performance Hall at Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.). This year's celebration marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (972) 721-2501.
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