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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

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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 FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

Shared in partnership with the City of Arlington.

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