MLK celebrations roundup

Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 – The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will hold its 29th annual MLK celebration. A candle lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. The MLK march/parade will start 10 a.m. on Saturday from Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. Parade line up begins at 8 a.m. The MLK birthday celebration award banquet will take place Saturday starting at 6:30 with a VIP reception and dinner slated for 7:30 p.m. start. Call 214-670-8418 or visit www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org.

 Jan. 15 – The city of Carrollton Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade 2011 scheduled to start at Carrollton City Hall, 1945 E. Jackson Road in Carrollton. Admission is free.

Jan. 15 – Life Changing Faith Christian Fellowship, 7185 W. Main St. in Frisco, will sponsor the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Celebration and Essay/Oration scholarship contest at 10 a.m. Celebration includes music, dance and a special performance of the I Have a Dream speech. Light refreshments will be served. Call 214-387-8040.

Jan. 15, 16 and 20 – The Plano MLK Celebration Committee has planned several events to honor King. The committee will host at power breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at Southfork Hotel, 1600 Central Expressway, a unity walk from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., and at 12:45 p.m. a free luncheon and health fair at the Douglass Community Center, 1111 Avenue H. At 7 p.m. on Sunday, the MLK all-community choir will perform at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road. Rehearsal starts at 4 p.m. at Christ UMC. On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Plano ISD MLK Tribute will be held at the Plano Centre, 2000 Spring Creek Pkwy. www.planomlk.org

Jan. 16 – The Black Academy of Arts and Letters will hold the 28th annual black music and Civil Rights movement featuring Chrisette Michele and Ledisi at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in the downtown Dallas Arts District, 2502 Flora St. Admission is $35, $25 and $20. Call 214-743-2400.

Jan. 17 – The House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. in Dallas, to host the third annual MLK Jr. Celebration and Student Art Exhibition at 10:30 a.m. Event is free with RSVP at 214-978-4880. Jan. 17 – The Irving Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will take place at Carpenter Hall in the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., starting at 7 p.m. The event is free and will feature a tribute to youth and a performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Call (972) 721-2501.

Jan. 17 – Legendary Civil Rights attorney Fred Gray and CNN senior analyst Jeffrey Toobin are the slated keynote speakers at the 2011 MLK Symposium, sponsored by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Event will take place at the Winspear Opera House at 7 p.m. Visit www.attpac.org or call 214-880-0202. General Admission is $20, teachers and students $10 and $15 for groups of 10 or greater.

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