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Here's How North Texans Are Celebrating MLK Day

Dr. King sitting on a couch talking on a phone.
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Monday, Jan. 18 is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Americans are encouraged to volunteer and help serve their communities — and North Texans are no exception. Here's a round up of events happening Monday around the area.


Dallas is celebrating the holiday with an entire week of events.

Monday, the Dallas Youth Commission hosts the MLK Youth Summit. Young people can attend live, virtual sessions to learn about leadership and civic engagement. The event will also feature a keynote address from Congressman Colin Allred, a Democrat from Dallas.

The Dallas Institute’s 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Monday will feature Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Annette Gordon-Reed.

Fort Worth

Fort Worth has cancelled its annual MLK Day parade. Instead, the city’s hosting a virtual discussion led by Dwight Watson, associate history professor at Texas State University.

He’ll discuss King's Social Gospel activism, which applies Christian principles to social problems, and how it might address police violence and racial tension.


Arlington will mark the day with a virtual event, showcasing winners of the city’s high school essay contest and an MLK art contest.

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Rebekah Morr is KERA's All Things Considered newscaster and producer. She came to KERA from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a news assistant at Weekend All Things Considered.