Dedicated volunteers from Arlington's Martin Luther King Celebration committee have been working hard since for months to plan four days of events surrounding the national Martin Luther King holiday. Leading the committee is the Rev. Andy Mangum and the partnership between the City of Arlington, UTA, Tarrant County College, Arlington ISD and the Arlington Ministerial Association all worked together for a weekend of wonderful events.
The first event is a banquet at UTA on January14 which will feature civil-rights leader Samuel Billy Kyles, the last living person who was on the balcony in Tennessee when King was assassinated. His keynote address, along with dinner and some great live entertainment, make this kickoff event one of the year's most enjoyable. You can get tickets to this event at www.UTATickets.com.
The next event will be Saturday morning's step competition with celebrity host Swagga Wilkes begins at 11:30am January 15 at Bowie High School. Tickets are $10 at the door ($5 for students), or call 682-867-7393 to take advantage of a limited number of $5 pre-show tickets.
The multicultural festival will be Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm; guests can travel the seven continents at Tarrant County College's Southeast Campus and get an "MLK Passport" to diverse entertainment, food, and fun at this free event. Saturday wraps up at 7:30 p.m. at UTA's Bluebonnet Ballroom with an evening of spoken word slam poetry. You can tickets for this event at www.UTATickets.com.
The Memorial Ecumenical Service will be at 6 p.m. on January 16 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 5819 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, the keynote speaker is the Rev. Dwight McKissic. Live music and a reception follow the service.
A day of community service has been added to the agenda this year, and teams of volunteers will fan out across Arlington to work on improvement projects. The celebration ends on a high note at the free youth musical extravaganza set for 6:30 p.m. January 17 at Fielder Road Baptist Church, 1323 W. Pioneer Parkway.
For more information on events, tickets and community service opportunities please visit www.arlingtontx.gov/mlk