As one of the most influential and inspiring leaders in our nation’s history, Martin Luther King, Jr., was a minister and civil rights activist that greatly impacted race relations in our country. Drawing upon his faith, King organized peaceful protests and delivered inspirational speeches, bringing messages of love, hope, and equality to all.

His “I Have a Dream” speech still impacts people today and encourages us to move forward with racial equality and justice. As we take a day to honor a great leader known for his love and compassion for all people, here are five local events you can attend to celebrate MLK Day 2020!

Community Events to Celebrate MLK Day 2020

MLK Candlelight Ceremony

Hosted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the MLK Candlelight Ceremony is an annual event where we come together to honor Dr. King and celebrate his life, love, and legacy. There will be a children’s choir performance and an announcement of the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Contest.

The candlelight ceremony will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Dallas, TX, on Friday, January 17, at 7:00 PM. The candlelight procession will conclude at the statue of Dr. King located on the campus of the community center.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast

Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus in Plano, TX, is hosting the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast. This year’s theme is “2020: Hindsight, Insight, Foresight” and includes presentations and student performances sharing Dr. King’s message with a special address by Dr. Clay Brantley, a local pastor, author, and speaker.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast is a very important event for the community,” said Dr. Millie Black, event co-chair. “The fundamental ideals of community, love, equality, and fairness that Dr. King stood for continue to resonate throughout the breakfast event. I am incredibly grateful for the legacy of Dr. King and more importantly, I am grateful for the opportunity to do my part in making the ‘dream’ he embodied a reality.”

The breakfast is on Saturday, January 18, beginning at 8 AM, in the Living Legends Conference Center. This event is free and open to the public.

COME.Unity 2020

For MLK Day 2020, come be a part of the fourth annual COME.Unity event! COME.Unity is an uplifting, gospel-centered, multiethnic worship experience for the entire family! By drawing the diverse body of Christ together to worship and pray, COME.Unity envisions what the reconciled Church looks like and how it can impact the community.

On Sunday, January 19, join our community at The Heights Church to hear from the Dallas-based Project Unity Choir and the COME.Unity Choir along with many other singers, artists, and leaders from the city as we explore this year’s theme: “Love and Justice.”

This is a family event that you will not want to miss! Tickets are $5/person online or $8/person at the door, and childcare is FREE!

Dallas MLK March/Parade

Invite your family and friends to the 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration March/Parade on Monday, January 20, starting at 10:00 AM, in Dallas, TX. The parade will feature colorful floats, marching bands, dance and drill teams, car clubs, community and civic groups, elected officials, and more. The route begins at MLK Blvd. at Holmes Street and ends at Fair Park.

Martin Luther King Day Scavenger Hunt

If you are looking for an event to engage the whole family, the Martin Luther King Day Scavenger Hunt might be a great way for your family to celebrate MLK Day 2020! And the best part is it’s free!

The Allen Public Library will be hosting the scavenger hunt on Monday, January 20, from 10:00 AM-9:00 PM. Bring the kids and search the Children’s Library for hidden pictures celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement. This will be a great time to talk about the impact Dr. King had on our society and the implications of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Let’s come together as a community to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy and remember the important lessons he taught us. Let’s celebrate the progress we have made as well as engage in important conversations about the next steps we need to take to move forward in equality and justice for all.