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Posted in on December 2, 2022

See the Advancing the Dream Celebration schedule

The Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream Committee is gearing up for the annual MLK four-day celebration Jan. 13-16, 2023.

The community celebration includes lots of events featuring Arlington ISD students. They will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy through music, dance and poetry during events like the MLK Youth Extravaganza, MLK Hubert Moss Ecumenical Service, the MLK Step Show and the inaugural Talent Showcase.

Students who participated in and won the Martin Luther King Jr. art and essay contests will be awarded scholarships of up to $1,000 at the MLK Advancing the Dream Gala. And the art contest winner will have their artwork featured on the MLK 2023 t-shirt.

Festivities for the four-day celebration include:

  • MLK Advancing the Dream Gala
    • Friday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m.
    • Individual tickets are $85 and can be purchased at
    • UTA Bluebonnet Ballroom at 300 W. First St., Arlington, TX 76010
  • MLK Step Show and Talent Showcase
    • Saturday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Bowie High School at 2101 Highbank Drive Arlington, TX 76018
  • MLK Poetry Meets Jazz
    • Saturday, Jan. 14, 7-9:30 p.m.
    • Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at
    • UTA Bluebonnet Ballroom at 300 W. First St., Arlington, TX 76010
  • MLK Hubert Moss Ecumenical Service
    • Sunday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m.
    • Cornerstone Baptist Church at 5415 Matlock Road Arlington, TX 76018
  • Zeb Strong Jr. MLK Day of Service
    • Monday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to noon
    • Mission Arlington at 210 W. South Street, Arlington, TX 76010
    • Register here
  • MLK Day of Service Festival
    • Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Arlington City Center Plaza at 100 S. Center Street, Arlington, TX 76010
  • MLK Youth Extravaganza
    • Monday, Jan. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Fielder Church Metro Center at 2011 S. Fielder Road, Arlington, TX 76013

Most events are free to the public, except for the MLK Advancing the Dream Gala and the MLK Poetry Meets Jazz events.

Event details for the entire celebration are at Learn more and join the city in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy.

About The Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Inc.

Organized in 1989 and established as a nonprofit in 1990, the MLK Celebration Committee has been an active contributor to the community for over thirty years. The MLK Celebration Committee has given out scholarships to graduating students, donated time, and provided resources to the community while continuing to push forward the message and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The committee is supported by the following organizations:

  • Arlington ISD
  • Arlington Ministerial Association
  • Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
  • The City of Arlington
  • University of Texas at Arlington