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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 1/20/2014, 11:32 a.m.
The city of Dallas will host its 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Friday and Saturday.

The Dallas Examiner


The city of Dallas will host its 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Friday and Saturday.

The celebration will kick off on Friday at 7 p.m. with a Candle Lighting Ceremony hosted by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha in the MLK Recreation Center, located at 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. The Awards Banquet and Silent Auction, with keynote speaker Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located at 300 Reunion Blvd.

On Saturday, a march/parade will begin at 10 a.m. from Dallas City Hall, located at 1500 Marilla St., to the Fair Park entrance, located at 1121 First Ave. A Health and Information Fair & Affordable Care Act Enrollment will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MLK Family Clinic, located at 2922 MLK Jr. Blvd.

Attendees will need proof of US citizenship, state residency, prior year’s tax return, and income for all family members and current health insurance in order to enroll in ACA. For more information about enrollment, visit http://www.reformandyoutx.com.

For more information about the celebration, visit http://www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org.


The Dallas Bar Association will present State Rep. Rafael Anchia with the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award at the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon on Monday at The Belo Museum, 2101 Ross Ave. The event begins at noon and is open to the public.

The award is presented to local leaders who embody the values and principles of the life and legacy of King. Former recipients include State Sen. Royce West and Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

Since his election to the Texas House in 2004, Anchia has exhibited a passion for helping people and a true empathy for their struggles and aspirations. His work with The Innocence Project that resulted in the passage of House Bill 1736, the Tim Cole Act, is one of his biggest accomplishments. The bill provides payment for up to 120 hours of tuition and fees at career centers of state institutions of higher learning and health insurance for the wrongfully imprisoned.

For more information, visit http://www.dallasbar.org.


State Rep. Helen Giddings will be the Grand Marshal of the annual Lancaster Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Parade. This year’s parade will celebrate 10 years of festivities as the foundation continues the legacy of reflection and celebration by honoring our past and embracing the future of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18 at the Lancaster Elsie Roberson Middle School, 822 Pleasant Run Road and Giddings will present the “Trail Blazers Award” to Mayor Marcus Knight and former City Manager Rickey Chiders following the parade.

During the 82nd legislative session, Giddings passed H.R. 117, which honors the 82nd anniversary of the birth of King. For more information, contact Roosevelt Nichols at 469-358-8722.


The Dallas chapter of the NAACP, along with the Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will have its 2014 health care initiative at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Forest Missionary Baptist Church, 2502 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Workshops will include the Affordable Care Act: Enhance the Quality of Care of All and Photo ID: What You Need to Vote.

For more information, call the NAACP office at 214-916-9919.


Little Elm resident Delmar Yingst, 68, is the first reading student of the Little Elm Adult Literacy Program to attain Level 4 in the Laubach method of adult instruction, a program used by the tutors to teach basic literacy skills.

The program, run entirely by volunteers, is sponsored by the Friends of Little Elm Library and is available by the Little Elm Public Library. An orientation session for those interested in learning more about the program and volunteering as tutors is scheduled for Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at the library, located at 100 West Eldorado Parkway.

Adults seeking a reading tutor may contact the program by calling 469-362-0417 or sending an email message to literacy@littleelmfol.org.