Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

  • 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17
  • Virtual Show
  • Free 

The featured video includes highlights from the 2020 event.

Honoring the Legacy

Every January the City of Irving holds a special event to recognize and appreciate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's annual observance will be brought to you in the comfort of your home as a virtual show this year. The show's performances include Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore! and West Irving Church of God in Christ. Local artist Mercedes Lewis and Sanah Brown will be showcasing their art and speaking about their artworks' importance. 

Viewers can watch the observance on the following media channels.


  • – Channel 1:
  • AT&T U-verse Channel 99 - Click on Irving Community Television Network
  • Spectrum (Charter) Channel 16
  • Frontier Channel 30
  • @IrvingParksandRec - Facebook Page

For additional information, call (972) 721-2501.

Essay Contest
Irving students in grades 3-12 are invited to submit an essay about unity to commemorate the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The essay contest will feature three grade level categories and the deadline is Jan. 4, 2020. Contest winners will be featured in the virtual video showcase on Jan. 17, 2021.

  • Three categories: grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.
  • Essays will be judged based on clarity, grammar and how well the theme "Unity" is developed depending on the age of the writer.
  • The essay should be 500 words or one page in length.  
  • Entry form for essay submission located here.
  • Deadline is Jan. 4.