The Dallas Examiner
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations will be held throughout Dallas to commemorate King’s life and legacy. Events will take place from Friday to Monday. From a parade to educational exhibits, many events are free and open to children and adults alike. Other events, such as banquets and concerts, will require participants to purchase tickets. Over all, the goal of each event is to bring the community together in an effort to realize King’s dream for a better future for all.
City of Dallas celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The city of Dallas will host a series of events from Friday through Monday to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The MLK Celebration Fair will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MLK Center Recreation Center, located at 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. The event is free and will feature career opportunities, free medical screening, vendor booths, college professionals and resource services.
The MLK Candlelight Ceremony, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., will be held Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the MLK Recreation Center, located at 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor at Friendship-West Baptist Church, will be the keynote speaker. During the ceremony the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Dr. King Scholarship awardees will be named.
The 36th annual MLK Awards Banquet will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The theme for the evening is “Reflect on yesterday for a better tomorrow.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Life School Oak Cliff Honor Choir will provide live entertainment. Attire is formal, black tie. Tickets can be through 214-670-8418, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.dallasmlkcenter. com/mlkcelebation.
The MLK Annual Parade will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Holmes Street in and ends at Fair Park in South Dallas. About 250,000 or more attendees are expected for one of the largest such parades in the country. District Attorney Faith Johnson and Police Chief Renee Hall will be the grand marshals.
Rep. Eric Johnson’s MLK Day Mega Block Walk
Rep. Eric Johnson will host a MLK Day Mega Block Walk on Monday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The walk will begin at 3001 Al Lipscomb Way. Individuals interested in participating can call 682-559-4062 or email email@example.com.
Upon registration, participants interested in also walking with Johnson during the city of Dallas’ MLK Annual Parade on Monday morning can register for both walks.
TBAAL honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a full weekend of programs from Friday through Sunday during his national birthday celebration.
Events will include programs for students, a reception to celebrate an Emmy Award, a live concert and a post-concert reception.
The weekend festivities kick off Friday at 10 a.m. with an educational mini-student performance of the 35th Annual Emmy Award-Winning Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert on the Naomi Bruton Mainstage, located at 1309 Canton St.
On Saturday, 13th Emmy Award Celebration Reception will be held to acknowledging the recent Lone Star Emmy Award for the institution’s live television performance of the 34th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert, which featured actor Malik Yoba and vocalists B.SladeTM, Bilal and Earnest Pugh. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at TBAAL.
Friday and Saturday evening will feature national comedian Aida Rodriguez in a live show at 9 p.m. on the Clarence Muse Café Theatre stage, located at 1309 Canton St.
The weekend highlight, the 35th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert, will conclude the series of MLK celebration events. The concert will feature TBAAL’s 200-voice recording concert choir and two back-by-popular-demand national artists/singers, B. SladeTM and Rahsaan Patterson. There also will be a be a special presentation to TBAAL by the family of famed actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, located at 2301 Flora St.
“After 34 years, this King holiday weekend is going to be one of the most memorable moments in The Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ history,” said Curtis King, TBAAL founder/president. “Winning an Emmy is certainly icing on the cake and validates the artistic merit of our continuance work in the performing arts. It’s a perfect nod to encourage our spirit and mission.”
For more information and concert tickets, call the box office at 214-743-2400 and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit http:www.tbaal.org.
The Perot Museum to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the Perot Museum will feature interactive activities, experiments and demos, extended hours, 3D films and more from Saturday through Monday. All activities are free to Perot Museum members and included with general admission for non-members.
The three-day weekend will kick off with Discovery Days: Geology on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unearth the field of geology while examining gems and minerals, plate tectonics and volcanoes. Attendees can participate in mineral testing experiments and mineral digs, make your own volcano and explore the rock cycle.
Saturday through Monday the museum will help guest engage their brain with live science demos, experiments, bookworm readings, science trivia and ongoing activities such as boo bubbles and robotics at select times.
Plus, children ages 5 and under can enjoy “science through a magnifying glass” crafts in the Moody Family Children’s Museum daily until 3 p.m.
Guests can also blast off to space without leaving Earth at the fascinating Journey to Space exhibition. Attendees can experience the sensation of zero gravity inside two massive rotating simulators of the International Space Station Destiny module. There will be opportunities to launch a rocket, test gravity in a drop tower, sit on a space potty, control a robotic arm, check out Neil Armstrong’s authentic gloves, and let the young cadets explore their inner astronaut at a space station activity area.
A National Geographic Experience will be offered through Journey to Space 3D, Living in the Age of Airplanes and Hurricane 3D shown in the museum’s Hoglund Foundation Theater.
The museum offers extended hours Saturday and Sunday until 6 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.perotmuseum.org.
The 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award
The 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon will be held on Monday at noon at The Belo Mansion, located at 2101 Ross Ave. During the event, he Dallas Bar Association will present Florentino “Tino” Ramirez, of Ramirez & Associates, P.C. with the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award. Ramirez will be recognized for his prestigious award for his service to the Dallas community.
“For decades, Tino has embodied the fight for social justice in a firm but calming manner. I have looked up to Tino since I was a young lawyer for his leadership, professionalism and his role in paving the way for Hispanic lawyers throughout the State. I am proud to see Tino receive the recognition for all that he has humbly accomplished,” said DBA President Michael Hurst.
The award is presented to local leaders whose lives and practice exemplifies the principles embodied by Dr. King’s leadership. Former recipients include the late Hon. Barefoot Sanders, Senator Royce West, Mayor Ron Kirk, Kim Askew, Rhonda Hunter, E. Leon Carter, Dr. Walter Sutton, Jr., Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, Rev. Richie Butler, and Justice Carolyn Wright.
It is open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214-220-7400 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.