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Watch the Full 16 min video of Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream Speach
Watch the Full 16-min video of Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream Speech

    

2014 CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD JANUARY 17 - 20, 2014
25-Year Anniversary Celebration 

 Thank you for joining us for the 25th anniversary of the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. See some memorable moments captured in photos:

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Roland Martin
MLK “Advancing the Dream” Banquet Keynote Speaker

Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world. Martin is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and is senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily. He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin. Martin is chief political editor for TV One Cable Network and host and managing editor of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a one-hour Sunday morning news show. In his career, Martin has been showered with more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election. He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner; and has been named by Ebony Magazine on three occasions as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN. Mr. Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. He holds a master’s degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University. He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living. They reside in Washington, D.C.

MLK Ecumenical Service Keynote Speaker
Dr. Sheron Patterson

photo of Dr. Sheron C. PattersonDr. Sheron C. Patterson is a motivator, determined to help others find their greatness. As a cancer survivor, she knows the importance of living life on purpose.

She has spoken across the nation at events such as the “Women Thou Art Loosed” conference with Bishop T. D. Jakes and in Liberia, West Africa. For the past 20 years, she has served as an itinerate elder in the United Methodist Church and has been appointed as senior pastor of numerous congregations. She holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman to be ordained in the North Texas region of the United Methodist Church. These extraordinary accomplishments landed Dr. Patterson a place of honor in the National Women’s Museum.

Dr. Patterson is currently the Communications Officer for the North Texas Region of the United Methodist Church. In this role, she leads brand positioning, new media product introductions, advertising, marketing and media relations. She serves on numerous boards, including the Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the Methodist Health System.

Dr. Patterson has been featured in Ebony, JET and Essence magazines, and on CNN and BET. Locally she is the relationships expert on Good Morning Texas, on Dallas’ ABC affiliate WFAA. She is a veteran journalist who has hosted local and nationally syndicated radio and television programs. Dr. Patterson is the author of nine books. She holds an undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, two Masters Degrees and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Patterson is married to Robert Patterson Sr. and together they have two sons, Robert Jr., and Christian.

Arlington MLK 25th Anniversary Celebration Begins Jan. 17
Art and Essay Winners are Announced

The Arlington Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration has reached a milestone. This year, the Arlington community commemorates 25 years of MLK celebrations.

The Arlington MLK Celebration started in 1989 with a worship service on Dr. King’s birthday at First United Methodist Church. The celebration has since evolved into one of the largest in the country, spanning four days and involving thousands of families. The four-day celebration begins Friday, Jan. 17 with award-winning journalist Roland Martin as the keynote speaker. Martin is a former CNN political analyst, author and host of News One Now, a weekday national news program on TV One.

In addition to the awards banquet, the celebration also includes a step show competition, multicultural festival, ecumenical worship service, a community dialogue on diversity, a resource fair for veterans, day of service and a youth musical extravaganza.  The Committee will also award $4,500 in cash and scholarships to six Arlington area youths whose essays and artwork best represent the principles of Dr. King and the movement for justice and equality in America.

2014 Art Contest Winners

First Place - $1,000 
Itzel Montiel, Juan Seguin High School
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Second Place - $750 
Kyle Whitney, Gunn Junior High School
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Third Place - $500 
Nisha Nadkarni, James Bowie High School
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2013 Essay Contest Winners

First Place - $1,000 Scholarship
Eric Wagner, James Martin High School, Senior
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Second Place - $750 Scholarship
Gabriela Perez, James Bowie High School, Senior
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Third Place - $500 Scholarship
Rabia Hakeem, High School, Senior
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