January 13 -16, 2017. Advancing The Dream.
“Everybody can be great… Because anybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2016 Events

MLK Advancing The Dream Awards Banquet Four-Day Celebration KICK OFF
Friday, January 15 – 6:30 pm
Bluebonnet Ballroom, UT Arlington E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. Tickets $45 – purchase at www.utatickets.com. Meet our 2016 MLK Award Honorees and Scholarship Recipients. Dinner and entertainment featuring keynote speaker, the Rev. Gary Smith. New this year, painting performance and live auction. Thank You! Arlington MLK 2016 art and essay scholarships made possible by Atmos Energy.

MLK Step Show Competition
Saturday, January 16 – 11:00 am
Featuring Elementary, Junior High & High School step team performances. Bowie High School Auditorium, 2101 Highbank Drive $10 admission at door – $5 admission for elementary students and all children under age 5 (limited number of $5 pre-sale tickets available at the AISD Administration Building, 1203 W. Pioneer parkway.)

MLK Multicultural Festival
Saturday, January 16 – 3:30 pm
Free admission! Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through music, food, cultural dance and more! Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway.

An Evening of Spoken Word
Saturday, January 16 – 7:00 pm
$1,000 cash prize to winning poet!
UT Arlington Bluebonnet Ballroom, 300 W. First St. $20 admission – www.utatickets.com.

MLK Hubert Moss Ecumenical Service
Sunday, January 17 – 6:00 pm
Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 N. Davis Drive
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Evelyn Parker, Dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. MLK Holiday Reception follows service hosted by the Arlington XI Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 18 – 9:00 am
Volunteers meet at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St. for assignments. Make it a day on, not a day off. Sign up at www.arlingtonMLK.com. Continental breakfast made possible by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

NEW! The MLK Festival
Monday, January 18 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion in Downtown Arlington.
Join us for live performances, art, food trucks and fun!

  • Food trucks:
    Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs & Bellatrino Pizza
  • Entertainment:
    10:00 to 10:30 am – Momentum Dance
    11:00 to 11:45 am – Jimmy Pitstick – Young Stars and Guitars
    12:00 to 1:00 pm – Innovative Dance

MLK Youth Musical Extravaganza
Monday, January 18 – 6:30 pm
Free admission! Featuring a 400-voice elementary choir, soloists, first place step team winners, scholarship recipients and more! Metro Center · Fielder Road Baptist Church, 1323 W. Pioneer Parkway.