11 top Fort Worth events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in 2021
In a development that is not surprising but disappointing nonetheless, the 2021 MLK Day parade in Fort Worth has been canceled amid the ongoing pandemic.
Rather than focusing on a virtual parade format, as the annual Parade of Lights did back in November, both personal and virtual activities will be held to honor the civil rights leader on and around the official holiday, Monday 18th January This includes an online film screening, moderated discussions, a jazz concert and much more. Some are free; others require presale tickets.
Here is an overview of events, many of which are sponsored by the city:
Virtual film screening and discussion
The critically acclaimed John Lewis: Good Trouble film will be presented virtually, followed by a moderated online discussion. The film explores the relationship between King and the late US Congressman John Lewis. Directed by renowned filmmaker Dawn Porter, the Georgia Democratic representative’s life and career are recorded and, through rare archive footage, his childhood experiences, social activism, and meeting with King in 1957 are examined.
Register for the event here to receive a link to a virtual screening room where you can watch the film anytime from January 12th to January 14th at 7pm.
Then register separately here for a moderated discussion on Webex with Fort Brooks Chief Equity Officer and Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Christina Brooks, on January 14th at 7pm.
Virtual panel discussion
“The Importance of Creating an African American Museum in Fort Worth,” moderated by Fernando Costa, Deputy City Administrator, will be presented by panelists John L. Barnett, DDS. Jason Shelton, Ph.D .; and Andy Taft, President of Downtown Fort Worth Inc. Dec. 12-13 30 p.m. January 14. Register here.
Magnolia at the Modern presents MLK / FBI
Sam Pollard’s response film MLK / FBI is based on newly released files and investigates the surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. by the US government. The film will screen five times at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art from January 15-17. $ 7- $ 10. Buy pre-sale tickets here.
Civil Rights Spy Recognition Program
A celebration in honor of King and other pioneers of civil rights activists will host historian, author and educator Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney perform. Awardees include Xernona Clayton, the Hon. John Lewis, the Hon. Andrew Young, and the Rev. CT Vivian. The in-person event ($ 75 per person) takes place at The Warehouse, 1125 E. Berry St., and virtually (free) on YouTube. 19.-21. January 15. Buy advance tickets here.
Day of service
The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum is proud to present the MLK Jr. Day of Service, which includes a day of canned goods and blankets and a day of family fun at the ranch, 3534 E. Berry St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 16, includes. Free, but RSVP here.
Celebrate with music! The David Whiteman Band will take place in person at The Warehouse, 1125 E. Berry St.. Enjoy the concert virtually on Youtube (free) or in person ($ 35- $ 50). 8-10 a.m. January 16. Buy tickets here.
Celebrate with music! 1125 E. Berry St. will perform with Donyale Renee, Bobby Falk and Dewayne Washington & Faces the Band, among others. Enjoy the concert virtually on Youtube (free) or in person ($ 35- $ 50). 19.-21. January 17. Buy tickets here.
MLK Day of Service
The official holiday is dedicated to service initiatives, along with an in-n-out hamburger lunch at New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church, 2864 Mississippi Ave., Nov. 9-17. January 18th, January 18th.
A tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the speech “I have a dream” is presented on YouTube. 3 p.m. January 18.
Virtual discussion on MLK day
“King’s Path of Social Gospel”, a virtual discussion led by Dr. Dwight Watson, presented by the Fort Worth Public Library and the Fort Worth Diversity & Inclusion Department, is presented for free. 18.-20. January 18. Register here.