Where to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Fort Worth

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with these local volunteer opportunities.


Opal Lee and Brenda Polk carried the banner at the MLK memorial walk along Rosedale Street in 1986.

Photo courtesy of the UTA Libraries.

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January.

This year’s theme is “Shifting the Cultural Climate through the Study and Practice of Kingian Nonviolence,” according to The King Center — a nonprofit founded by MLK’s wife, Coretta Scott King, to continue Dr. King’s legacy.

Aside from lending a hand, you can also commemorate MLK Day at these local events:

39th Annual MLK Parade and Rally | Monday, Feb. 19 | Downtown Fort Worth | 11 a.m. | See floats, classic cars, and walking groups as they commemorate Dr. King’s dream and celebrate unity. Update: The parade, originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15, has been postponed to February due to possible snow and frigid temperatures.

Cowboys of Color Rodeo and After Party | Monday, Jan. 15 | Dickies Arena + The Warehouse FW | 2-8 p.m. | The top Black, Hispanic, and Native American cowboys and cowgirls compete in traditional rodeo events like bull riding, steer wrestling, and tie-down roping.

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