Advancing the Dream: Moving Toward Unity, Justice and Peace
The four-day celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. returns to the City of Arlington on January 13-16, 2023.
In Downtown Arlington, residents can get involved in four events and activities held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including the MLK Advancing the Dream Gala, MLK Poetry Meets Jazz event, Zeb Strong Jr. MLK Day of Service, and the MLK Day of Service Festival.
The 2023 theme is Advancing the Dream: Moving Toward Unity, Justice and Peace. Organized in 1989 and established as a nonprofit in 1990, the MLK Celebration Committee works in partnership with the City of Arlington to plan the city's long-running MLK celebrations. During its 35 years of service, the MLK Celebration Committee has given scholarships to graduating students, donated countless hours of time, and shared enthusiasm and resources with the community while continuing to push forward the message and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Advancing the Dream: Moving Toward Unity, Justice and Peace 2023 Schedule of Events
MLK Advancing the Dream Gala* UTA Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center Jan. 13 at 6:30pm
MLK Step Show and Talent Showcase Jan 14 at 11am
MLK Poetry Meets Jazz* UTA Bluebonnet Ballroom Jan. 14 at 7pm MLK Hubert Moss Ecumenical Service Jan. 15 at 6pm
Zeb Strong Jr. MLK Day of Service* Mission Arlington Jan. 16 at 9am
MLK Day of Service Festival* Arlington City Center Plaza Jan. 16 at 10am
MLK Youth Extravaganza Jan. 16 at 6:30pm
*Indicates event taking place in Downtown Arlington
About Downtown Arlington
Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington is where creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what's next. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to the University of Texas at Arlington, a top-tier public research university, as well as prolific visual and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate. Stay in the know by subscribing to our e-newsletter and by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.