Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday resulting in libraries, brick-and-mortar banks and national, state and local government offices being closed in honor of the civil rights leader who was assassinated 52 years ago.
Despite the weather guessers reporting that the weather should be ideal, COVID-19 restrictions have forced the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade to be canceled.
But even the pandemic cannot cancel the City of Dallas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week’s virtual events** starting tonight, like the following:
- Friday, January 15 — Candle Lighting Ceremony hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday, January 18 — 2021 MLK Youth Summit starting at 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 19 — Wreath Laying Ceremony starting at 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, January 20 — MLK Celebration Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday, January 22 — MLK Equity Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to noon
- Saturday, January 23 — 39th Annual MLK Scholarship and Awards Gala starting at 5:15 p.m.
Another highlight of the week will be The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s virtual 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium*** featuring keynote speaker/Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed starting Monday at 6 p.m. The symposium’s theme will be “The Impact of Slavery On Rev. King’s ‘Dream’”.
* Graphic courtesy of Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Week 2021 ** Some activities require registration. *** Registration required.