Here are just a few of the events going on in various cities around Texas for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. San Antonio boasts one of the largest–if not the largest–MLK Day parades in the U.S.
AUSTIN: March and Festival
The 17th Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. We will then march to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned.
In previous years, the march has drawn up to an estimated 15,000 people and we are anticipating even more individuals to unite for this special occasion in January 2011. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march with us and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.
Important Note: The march will not pass by State Capitol ground. Capitol grounds will be closed on MLK Day due to preparations for the gubernatorial inauguration on the following day.
J.J. SEABROOK BRIDGE RENAMING DEDICATION
As part of this year’s celebration, we’ll be dedicating the renaming of the MLK IH-35 Overpass as the J.J. Seabrook Bridge. J.J. Seabrook was very instrumental in the effort to rename 19th street as Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. In addition to marching over his namesake bridge, we’ll also hear from the community leaders responsible for getting the overpass renamed in his honor.
MLK COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
The MLK Community Festival kicks off as soon the march arrives on location and will last until 4 p.m.; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever! A vendor application can be downloaded for those interested in purchasing booth space. For questions and information, please contact Carol Wright by email or by telephone at (512) 323-6773 ext. 102.
DALLAS/FORT WORTH area:
The “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most unforgettable speeches in American history. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is celebrated with parades, art, music and culture throughout DFW.
1. 25th Annual Elite News MLK Parade and Festival
What: The 25th annual Elite News MLK Day at Fair Park will feature 200 entries such as floats, marching bands, color guards, drill teams, clowns, vehicles, walkers and more. The festival in Fair Park’s Tower Building will feature a health fair, a gospel concert, poetry and story telling performances, a fashion show, children’s activities, vendor booths and more.
When: January 17, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas
What: 2011 Plano Unity Walk
When: Saturday, January 15, 2011
Line up: 9:30 a.m. at the DART Parker Road Transit Center, 2600 Archerwood St., Lot North, Plano, TX
Parade: Begins at 10:30 a.m. after the Unity Walk
Awards: At the end of the parade there will be a recognition and awards ceremony.
Info: Brenda Dailey at 972-422-0012
What: 28th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert. This moving tribute reflects on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and celebrates a new nationwide spirit of continuance change with potent film footage, narration, music and dance. The concert features Grammy winners, and special guest artists Chrisette Michele and Ledisi.
Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Downtown Dallas Arts District, 2501 Flora Street
Tickets: $35, $25, $20
What: Parade. Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by watching a parade through Carrollton.
When: January 15, 2011 at 10 am.
Where: The parade will start on Jamestown Street (behind Carrollton City Hall) and proceed west to Josey Lane; south on Josey to Keller Springs; east on Keller Springs to Kelly Boulevard; south on Kelly Boulevard to end at Ted Polk Middle School at 2001 Kelly Boulevard.
The Martin Luther King Jr. “Sharing the Dream” Awards Banquet is January 14, 2011, featuring the Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, a history maker, humanitarian, and eyewitness to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. He shared the last hour of Dr. King’s life with him on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
- 11:30 a.m.: MLK Step Competition at Bowie High School Auditorium
- 3:30 p.m.: “Sharing the Dream” Multi-cultural festival – free admission
- 7:30 p.m.: An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry
- 6 p.m.: Sharing the Dream – Hubert Moss Memorial Ecumenical Service
- 9 a.m. to noon: Day of Service. “Make it a Day On; not a day off.”
- 6:30 p.m.: Youth Extravaganza
Details on all events.
6. Fort Worth MLK Parade
What: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade/March/Rally will commemorate the legacy of Dr. King and feature marching bands, floats and decorated vehicles.
When: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11 a.m.
Where: Fort Worth. The Parade will be staged on Commerce and Calhoun streets between 12th and 16th streets and will step off at Commerce and 12th St., head north on Commerce to 9th St., west on 9th St. to Main St., north on Main St. to 2nd St., west on 2nd St. to Houston, south on Houston to 13th St. and end at the Fort Worth Convention Center Water Gardens Plaza.
For more information on the parade, please contact Andrea Johnson with the Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee, Inc. at 817-657-6519.
MLK Youth Parade
This parade starts noon Saturday at Minute Maid Park, proceeds west down Texas to Caroline, then south on Caroline to Walker, west on Walker to San Jacinto and, finally, north on San Jacinto to Prairie.
MLK Grande Parade
Kick off MLK Day and get downtown early for a chance to preview the floats and bands from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at Allen Parkway and Sabine. The route runs east to Dallas, down Dallas to Bagby, Bagby to Lamar, then Lamar back to Allen Parkway where it ends at Taft.
Black Heritage Society Parade
The 33rd Annual “Original” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade starts 10 a.m. Monday at Minute Maid Park. The route proceeds west down Texas to Caroline, then south on Caroline to Polk, west on Polk to San Jacinto and north on San Jacinto to Prairie.
MLK Day Peace Rally
State Representative Garnet Coleman and Gardere Oratory Speech Winner will speak to kick off the Children’s Museum of Houston peace rally on Monday at 12 p.m. Kids can then march through museum in celebration of freedom of speech. Exhibits on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life will be open.
Battle of the Bands
More than 20 high school bands battle it out beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at Joe Kelly Butler Stadium, 13755 S. Main.
Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events honor one of the nation’s most revered civil rights leaders. The signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March, is scheduled for Monday, January 17, 2011. The march will begin at 10 a.m. at the MLK Academy located in the 3500 block of MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa (click this link for march route and info). Once again, it is expected to draw more than 100,000 adults and children. San Antonio hosts one of the largest marches in the United States.
The MLK Commission organizes the march and leads the community effort of various events paying tribute to Dr. King. The wide variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events, take place at locations across the city.
Dr. King’s Dream: For One, For All
Will be the focus of the 2011 MLK Commemoration. Improving the quality of our youth’s education is very important to the MLK Commission.
If you would like to support the MLK March, annual MLK scholarships, or any of events that will take place, the MLK Commission welcomes the partnership of local and national businesses. Please contact the City of San Antonio MLK Commission staff by email.