Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Events
The following events will take place Friday, January 12, 2018, through Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Wilshire and Temple Emanu-El and Faith Forward Dallas will co-host a Shabbat service featuring guest preacher William Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and leader of the Moral Monday movement. This will be a service of reflection on God’s concern for the vulnerable and how as a people of faith we can move toward seeking justice.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
A King Teach-In
Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III and Dr. George Mason invite you to A King Teach-In. We will be joined by Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy for Christian Life Commission. Join us as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who labored to change the system of racial segregation and inequities in this nation.
Attendees will engage in the following:
- An interactive advocacy training session
- Public policy briefings on community issues
- A special presentation on Dr. King
We will reclaim the “Dream” and continue the legacy of The Drum Major for Justice.
“One Way Ticket” by Trio Ardente
Trio Ardente is a unique modern chamber group consisting of trumpet, viola and piano. This virtuosic trio uses multiple mediums of art to not only tell a story but also shed light on current and relevant issues we face in society today.
This concert is a look into the journey, painter Jacob Lawrence took during the Great Migration, when African-Americans moved out of the Southern United States to get away from oppression and violence, and how his experience and body of work moved Langston Hughes to write the poem “One-Way Ticket.” Prolific American composer Robert Bradshaw incorporated the artwork and spoken word poetry into this new musical work. “One-Way Ticket” is being performed just before Martin Luther King Jr. Day this January and celebrates African-American artists, poets and composers by combining them into a thought-provoking program.
36th Annual MLK Awards Banquet (City of Dallas MLK Observance)
This is a formal awards banquet honoring sponsors and partners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Guests will enjoy a formal dinner, a silent auction to support MLK Social Services, live entertainment from the Life School Oak Cliff Honor Choir, and keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. William Barber, II. The Mistress of Ceremony is Yolonda Williams, Host of CW33’s Newsfix. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased online.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Worship service in honor of MLK by Rev. Christopher O’Riley, associate pastor. This will be a powerful Sunday filled with the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 15, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Along MLK Boulevard
Perkins students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate in the MLK City of Dallas parade on Monday, January 15, 2018. The parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. SMU students and staff/faculty will ride an SMU shuttle bus from campus and depart campus at 8:00 a.m. (near Mustang Parking Center) to get to the parade site. Anticipated return to campus is at about 11:30 a.m. Please share this event with your classmates and colleagues. You will hand out printed collateral related to MLK’s speech on the SMU campus and other giveaways. Be prepared to stand and walk a mile while handing out items. Wear SMU gear, and red and blue.
Volunteers are needed! We are looking for adult men to assist as: check-in workers, worship session assistants, team building assistants, and lunch assistants.
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Hosted by Atid Dallas, a Jewish community of 20s and 30s at Temple.
Young adults, this is an interfaith opportunity to volunteer in Dallas for a day of service! Nonprofit organizations include the Austin Street Center, Jewish Family Service, VNA Meals on Wheels, North Dallas Shared Ministries, and the North Texas Food Bank.
Attendees are invited to attend an informal reception following the program. Hosted by Collin County Community Leaders and Collin County Community Churches.
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Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation is the title of Rev. Dr. William Barber’s 2014 book in which he relates the story of a justice movement born in North Carolina and spreading throughout the nation. Rev. Barber’s tenacious work of public activism for the cause of racial justice places him squarely in the tradition of Rev. King in the 1950’s and 1960’s and speaks powerfully of what remains to be accomplished in the arena of Civil Rights in America. As present-day “heir apparent” to Rev. King in the pulpit tradition, Rev. Barber brings his prophetic voice to Dallas to give eloquent testimony to the challenges we still face today. The Symposium will include gospel music and a panel featuring Dallas leaders along with Rev. Barber. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, NC, architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, and president of the NC NAACP. Tickets are $20.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
In conjunction with our special exhibit Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII, join us for conversation about the African American experience in Dallas during World War II. Moderated by Dr. Ervin James III, our panelists will discuss aspects of daily life for African Americans in Dallas and the surrounding areas in the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement. Hosted by Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.
Black History Month Events
The following events will take place in February 2018 in honor of Black History Month.
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
Monday, February 1, 2018
An Evening of Raised Awareness with Dr. Yamma Brown
Join us in the observance of Black History Month as we explore the history of domestic violence within the African American community and hear from Dr. Yamma Brown and author of the book, Cold Sweat. Hosted by Denton County Friends of the Family. Tickets range from $15 to $75.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries — and path of promise toward the American dream — Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told. Beginning with the earliest attempts at education to today’s campuses, the film — directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson — examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity. Ticket sale information coming soon.
All are welcome to attend a public lecture and book signing by award-winning author Dr. Paul Ortiz. The lecture will focus on his latest book An African American and Latinx History of the United States, released by Beacon Press in January 2018 as part of the ReVisioning American History series, which consists of accessibly written books by notable scholars that reinterpret U.S. history from diverse perspectives. Ortiz is an associate professor in History and director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. His book Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 was the recipient of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award. This event is sponsored by the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies program at TCU and the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Unit.