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The 25th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition will be held Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, located at 1925 Elm St. Incorporating ideals from Dr. Martin Luther King’s writings and speeches, eight fourth- and fifth-grade Dallas ISD elementary school students will present original speeches addressing the topic: “If Dr. King were alive today, what would he say about Muhammad Ali’s contribution to society?” The competition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.gardere.com/about/community/mlk-oratory-competition.


NAACP President/CEO Cornell William Brooks will serve as the keynote speaker for the Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet as part of the city of Arlington’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the Hereford University Center on the University of Arlington campus, located at 300 W. First St., Arlington. President Brooks will speak on the celebration’s theme: Advancing the Dream: A Nation of Freedom and Justice. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.utatickets.com.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will host its 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration with a series of events themed is “Breaking the Chains of Injustice.”

The three-day event will kick off Jan. 13 with a MLK Celebration Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. at the MLK Recreation Center, located at 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. The fair will serve the community with health, employment and educational opportunities.

A black tie Awards Banquet and Afterglow honoring local Black leaders and student scholarship recipients will be held Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Fairmount Hotel, located at 1717 N. Akard St. The keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The evening will include a 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.

The celebration will close with the MLK Parade Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. The parade will start at Holmes St./Martin Luther King Blvd. and end at the Fair Park entrance.

For more information and tickets, call 214-670-8418 or visit http://www.dallasmlkcenter.com.


The 2017 Lancaster MLK Celebration parade will be held Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at at the Lancaster Elsie Robertson Middle School, located at 822 Pleasant Run Road and continue to the Lancaster High School indoor sports complex, locate at 200 E. Wintergreen Ave., Sen. Royce West will serve at the parade grand marshal and guest speaker. Following the parade, there will be a short program in the Lancaster High School Coliseum. For more information, call Roosevelt Nichols at 469-358-8722 or visit http://www.lancastermlk.org.


The 34th annual Black Music and Civil Rights Movement concert, a tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be held Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, located at 2301 Flora St.

The two-time Emmy award nominated concert will pay a tribute to the moments and memories of the life and works of King with compelling narrations, music and dance features from special guests actor Malik Yoba, B Slade, Bilal, and Earnest Pugh, along with The Black Academy of Arts and Letters 200 voice concert choir. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.tbaal.org.


The 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Parade and March Celebration will begin Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. on the corner of Dairy Road and Garden Drive then conclude at the Granville Arts Center Main Auditorium, located at 330 N. Fifth St., Garland. For more information, visit www.garlandtxnaacp.org.

On Jan. 15, the Garland MLK Youth Extravaganza, youth performances celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King presented by the Garland Branch of the NAACP, will be held at 4 p.m. at Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. For more information, call 972-381-5044 ext. 5.


The Grammy award winning a cappella group Sweet Honey In The Rock will headline a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 22 at the Cedar Hill High School Performing Arts Center, located at #1 Longhorn Drive in Cedar Hill. The event will begin with a Peace March at 3pm in the high school parking lot with freedom songs and a call to peace by Mayor Rob Franke. For more information, contact Aranda Bell at aranda.bell@cedarhilltx.com.

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