Thirty-two years ago, a group of civic-minded citizens under the leadership of Dr. Beverly Mitchell- Brooks gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center to conceive of a way for Dallas to honor and celebrate the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It was this cadre of dedicated community members who founded and organized the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, and is responsible for the event as we know it today. Over the past 32 years, the founder’s ideas, dreams, and desires for a commemoration befitting the legacy of Dr. King have been highly successful.
The weekend long celebration includes the Candle-Lighting Ceremony, the March/Parade, and the Annual Awards Banquet. Historically, the celebration’s theme parallels the national theme set by the King Center in Atlanta. Each event of the celebration is designed to provide a venue for reflection, remembrance, and reenactment for the citizens of Dallas who cherish the life of Dr. King and who seek to carry on his work and mission.
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
'What are you doing for others?”
― Martin Luther King Jr.