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2018 Listing of MLK Events in Arlington

The Arlington, Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – 2018

Download Arlington MLK Events Flyer here.

6:45 Friday, January 12, 2018


Join us for dinner, live musical entertainment, performances, scholarship presentations and awards as we kick off four days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Arlington.

Individual Tickets: $55  I  Reserve your table of eight guests: $440

Purchase at UTATickets.com or click here.

Keynote Speaker: Martin Luther King, III, a human rights advocate, community activist and oldest living child of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Keynote speaker is sponsored by the Toyota North Texas MLK Parade and Celebration. 

NBC 5 Reporter Courtney Gilmore will serve as our celebrity emcee.

Location: The Bluebonnet Ballroom at UT Arlington.  The ballroom is located in the  E.H. Hereford University Center at 300 W. First St. FREE valet parking provided for all guests. Click here to register your vehicle.

Hostesses/Seating of Banquet Guests: Members of the Arlington  Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Scholarships made possible by Atmos Energy.

11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018


Celebrating the birthday of Dr. King, this event features the best in elementary, junior high and high school stepping.  Judges determine which step performances best embody the spirit of the celebration. Cash prizes to winning teams.

Admission: $10 at Door I $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.

Location:  The James Bowie High School Auditorium, 2101 Highbank Drive in Arlington

7 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018


Verb Kulture and the music of Shelley Carroll come together to  infuse poetry, jazz, soul, funk and rhythm & blues and take the audience on an emotional journey through time as we pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Location: UT Arlington in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. The ballroom is located in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

$20 Admission  I  Purchase online here.

6 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2018


For nearly three decades, this service continues to evoke the memories of two servants of the church. One served as a global leader for justice and peace and the other served his community. In this spirit of cooperation, this service is a shared ecumenical experience for all. Performances will feature the Boys and Girls Choir and Psalm Sacred Dancers with keynote speaker, the Reverend Kate McGee, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington.

Location:  Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church, 126 E. Park Row Blvd.

After the Service: Join us for a MLK Holiday Reception hosted by the Xi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

9 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2018


Make it a day on, not a day off!  People of all ages, service organizations, schools, fraternities, sororities and churches work together to make a positive impact on the community around them. Volunteers gather at Mission Arlington/ Mission Metroplex for tools, supplies and assignments. The first 200  volunteers will receive a FREE MLK commemorative T-shirt. Thank You! Complimentary coffee and pastries made possible by Starbucks.

Continental breakfast for volunteers provided by the Arlington Alumni Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

6:30 p.m. Monday, January 15, 2018


On the Dr. King holiday, more than 400 youth voices join together in song as the Arlington, Texas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Choir.  This youth musical extravaganza also features scholarship recipients and exciting performances from the winners of the MLK Advancing the Dream Step Competition. FREE Admission!

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

NEW THIS YEAR! Click here for more information about the Toyota North Texas MLK Parade and other events planned in Arlington, Texas. Please direct all inquiries about the parade to info@northtexasmlk.com.


Since 1989, the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Celebration Committee has been comprised of the following founding entities: The City of Arlington, UT Arlington, Arlington Independent School District, Tarrant  County College and Arlington Ministerial Association with generous support from many sponsors,  contributors and hundreds of volunteers. Every year, the chairmanship role rotates between the founding entities. This year, Tarrant County College Southeast is proud to lead the planning of the four-day celebration. Nita Haliburton and Sharon Jones are serving as the 2018 MLK Celebration Committee Chairs. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

For more information about the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, including interviews with participants and honorees, call 817-459-5384, 817-832-3470 or email Cheryel.Carpenter@Arlingtontx.gov