How to Celebrate the MLK Holiday
This Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday will be observed, celebrating the birth of one of the greatest leaders this world has ever known. Many companies will give their employees the day off to commemorate the day as they choose.
I would urge everyone not to use Monday as a day to catch up on your rest, but as a day to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King. Numerous programs and activities are planned around town throughout the weekend and into Monday.
I'd like to share some of the events that I plan to attend in observance of the holiday. The City of Dallas had a great quote on their website: "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!"
The City of Dallas will hold a March/Parade on Saturday as part of their 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. The parade will start at City Hall Plaza and head south on Ervay to Martin Luther King Blvd. The parade will pass and review in front of the MLK complex at 2922 MLK Blvd.
Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III will be speaking at the Martin Luther King Celebration hosted by the Dallas Interministerial Alliance. The service will be held Sunday night at the Saintsville Church of God In Christ beginning at 6:00 pm. Saintsville is located at 220 South Marsalis (Corner of Marsalis and Illinois) in Dallas.
The Nu Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be hosting their 8th Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast. The keynote speaker will be former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk. The event will be held on Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the DFW Marriott South Hotel. The hotel is located at 4151 Centreport Drive in Ft. Worth (just off Highway 360 and Trinity BLVD). Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.
The African-American Pastors' Coalition of Dallas will hold it's annual Martin Luther King Observance at Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas on Monday. The speaker for the occasion will be Bishop Gregory Ingram, Presiding Prelate of the 10th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The program will commence at 11:00 a.m. Concord is located at 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive in Dallas.