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

Arlington MLK Advancing the Dream Celebration 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

6 p.m.

PRE-BANQUET RECEPTION

Meet the Keynote Speaker (Open to banquet guests only.)

Location:  Bluebonnet Ballroom Foyer, UT Arlington – E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First Street

Hosted by the Arlington MLK Celebration Committee, the Arlington Branch of the NAACP and Nu Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

6:45 p.m.

MLK “ADVANCING THE DREAM” AWARDS BANQUET

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cornell Williams Brooks, National President and CEO of the NAACP

During this event, meet the 2017 MLK award honorees, student scholarship recipients with dinner, special tributes, jazz performances and much more.

Location: The Bluebonnet Ballroom, UT Arlington, EH Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

Tickets $45    Purchase at http://www.UTATickets.com

Complimentary valet provided.

Seating of Guests:  Members of the Xi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

11 a.m.

MLK STEP COMPETITION

Location:  Bowie High School Auditorium

This event celebrates the birthday of Dr. King and features the very best in elementary, junior high and high school stepping.

$10 Admission at Door

$5 Admission for all elementary students and children under age 5

(Limited number of $5 pre-sale tickets available at the AISD Administration Building, 1203 W. Pioneer Parkway)

3:30 p.m.

MLK MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through art, music, food and exceptional talent! Admission is FREE!

Location: Tarrant County SE Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway

7 p.m.

AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD

$1,000 Cash Prize to the Winning Poet! This tribute to Dr. King features the very best in slam poetry.

Location: UT Arlington – Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

$20 Admission – http://www.UTATickets.com

Sunday, January 15, 2017

6 p.m.

MLK/HUBERT MOSS ECUMENICAL SERVICE

Location: Koinonia Christian Church, 2455 Southeast Green Oaks Boulevard

Keynote speaker: The Rev. Jason Paredes, Fielder Road Church

MLK Holiday Reception follows service hosted by the Arlington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Monday, January 16, 2017

9 a.m.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE 

Make it a day on. Not a day off.

Location:  Volunteers will meet at Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex, 400 W. South St. for assignments and tools.  Please remember to sign up.  The first 150 volunteers will receive a FREE MLK commemorative T-shirt.

Continental breakfast hosted by the members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

10 a.m.

THE MLK SERVICE FEST

Location: Levitt Pavilion, downtown Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., live performances, art, food trucks and more.

6:30 p.m.

MLK YOUTH MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Location: Metro Center,  Fielder Church, 1323 W. Pioneer Parkway

On the Dr. King holiday, more than 400 youth voices join together in song on one stage. Also features solo performances,  first place step team competition winners and MLK scholarship recipients. FREE Admission!

About the Planning Committee:

Since 1989, the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Celebration Committee has been comprised of the following founding entities: City of Arlington, UT Arlington, Arlington Independent School District, Tarrant  County College and Arlington Ministerial Association with generous support from many community contributors and volunteers. Every year, the chairmanship role rotates between the founding entities. This year, the Arlington Ministerial Association is proud to lead the planning of the four-day celebration. Vera McKissic, a senior pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, serves the 2017 MLK Celebration Committee Chair.

For more information about the four-day celebration, including interviews with participants and honorees, contact Arlington MLK Committee Publicist Cheryel Carpenter at 817-459-5384, 817-832-3470 or email Cheryel.Carpenter@Arlingtontx.gov.