January 12 -15, 2018. Advancing The Dream.
“Everybody can be great… Because anybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2018 Listing of Events

The Arlington, Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Four-Day Celebration 

6:30 Friday, January 12, 2018

MLK “ADVANCING THE DREAM” AWARDS BANQUET

Join us for dinner, live musical entertainment, scholarship presentations and awards as we kick off four days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Arlington. Ticket: $55

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Location: The Bluebonnet Ballroom at UT Arlington (Located in the  E.H. Hereford University Center at 300 W. First St.)

11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018

The MLK STEP COMPETITION

Celebrating the birthday of Dr. King, this event features the best in elementary, junior high and high school stepping.

Admission: $10 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)

Location:  Bowie High School Auditorium

7 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018

AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD: POETRY MEETS JAZZ

Hosted by Verb Kulture and featuring the music of Shelley Carroll, this show will infuse poetry, jazz, soul, funk and rhythm and blues to take the audience on a journey through emotions, music and time as we pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

$1,000 Cash Prize to the Winning Poet!

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

$20 Admission  I  Purchase online at http://www.UTATickets.com

6 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2018

MLK/HUBERT MOSS ECUMENICAL SERVICE

This event evokes the memories of two servants of the church. One who served as a global leader for justice and peace and the other who served his community with compassion and love. In this spirit of cooperation, this event is a shared worship experience for all.  Featuring the Boys and Girls Choir and Psalm Sacred Dancers.

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

Keynote speaker: The Rev. Kate McGee, Westminister Presbyterian Church

A MLK Holiday Reception follows service hosted by the Arlington Xi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

9 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2018

MLK DAY OF SERVICE 

Make it a day on. Not a day off. Youth groups, service organizations, churches and volunteers young and old come together to make a positive impact on the community through service.

Volunteers will gather at Mission Arlington/ Mission Metroplex for tools, supplies and assignments.

The first 150 volunteers will receive a FREE MLK commemorative T-shirt.

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

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

MLK YOUTH MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

On the Dr. King holiday, more than 400 youth voices join together in song on one main stage as the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Choir.  Also features performances from the  first place winners of the MLK Step Competition. FREE Admission!

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

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, 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.

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