Martin Luther King Jr. is an icon and advocate for racial equality and non-violent change in society. His “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most well-known speeches in our country and he is the only man who was not a president to have a national holiday.
Martin Luther King Day is on Monday, January 16, 2012.
Arlington has a full weekend of events planned for everyone of various ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds to come out and celebrate together.
The Arlington MLK celebration is the largest event of its kind in the country, incorporating four days of activities that include an awards banquet, multicultural festival, step show and poetry competitions, day of service and youth musical extravaganza.
She Is Dallas Info: The Arlington MLK Celebration is holding its 23rd annual event from Friday, January 13 – Monday, January 16, 2012 in Arlington. See the complete schedule of events and locations below. For more information, call the MLK Event Hotline at 817-459-6430 or 817-459-5384 or visit the Arlington MLK website. For more specific information and resources regarding Martin Luther King Jr, please visit the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Non-Violent Social Change.
Schedule of Events:
6:30 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2012 – Sharing the Dream Awards Banquet – ˜Kick-Off ™ Celebration. Dinner, entertainment, scholarships and awards. New This Year! A community dialogue between four change agents and their unique perspectives on the theme, Change Begins With Me. NBC 5 Celebrity Emcee Deborah Ferguson. (More about the Change Agents on back.) Banquet Hosts Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Complimentary valet. UT Arlington Bluebonnet Ballroom, E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. Tickets $40 “ Purchase online at www.UTATickets.com.
11 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2012 – MLK Step Competition (featuring Elementary, Junior High and High School Teams), Bowie High School Auditorium – 2101 Highbank Dr. $10 Admission at door. $5 for elementary students & all children under age 5. Limited number of $5 pre-sale tickets available by calling 682-867-7342.
3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2012 – Sharing the Dream Multicultural Festival – Free Admission! Follow Dr. King's footsteps and his travels to the seven continents of the world. Get your MLK Passport to diverse entertainment, food and fun on the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2012 – An Evening of Spoken Word. The competition is intense and powerful with a $1,000 cash prize to the winning poet! UT Arlington Bluebonnet Ballroom, 300 W. First St. $15 Admission www.UTATickets.com.
6 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2012 – Sharing the Dream – Hubert Moss Memorial Ecumenical Service. First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center St. Keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes,recognized as one of the Civil Rights Movement's Invisible Giants. Holiday reception immediately follows service hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
8 a.m. to Noon Monday, January 16, 2012 – MLK Day of Service. Make it a day on, not a day off. Call 817-272-7356 and join us in the spirit of service. Meet at Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex at 400 W. Abram St. (Breakfast for volunteers hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.) First 150 volunteers will get a MLK T-shirt.
6:30 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2012 – Sharing the Dream Youth Musical Extravaganza – Free Admission! Metro Center – Fielder Road Baptist Church, 1323 W. Pioneer Pkwy. The Grand Finale “ Musical tributes, performances and more! FOX 4 Celebrity Emcee Dionne Anglin.