San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
Calendar of Events

*Indicates events hosted by partners of the San Antonio MLK Commission


Second Annual King Poetry Slam
7:00 p.m. • McAllister Auditorium • 1300 San Pedro
Outspoken Bean, listed as the 2013 9th Wonder in the Individual Word Poetry Slam Competition, presents San Antonio’s 2nd Annual Poetry Slam where young gifted poets of the spoken word compete to become known as the best of the best. Young men and women from all across South Texas will be bringing their best talents for the spoken word. Come see and hear the generation that has put away their gadgets to use their words and their emotional IQ’s to tantalize, scandalize, and educate! Tickets can be purchased for $20 at


*Baptist Ministers’ Union of San Antonio & Vicinity Presents: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Worship
7:00 p.m. • Antioch Baptist Church • 1001 N. Walters
Our friends at BMU of San Antonio & Vicinity will be kicking off the 2019 MLK events with an evening of worship featuring guest speaker, Reverend Reginald W. Sharpe Jr. of House of Hope, Atlanta, GA.
Event Contact: Pastor Jeffrey A. Garner, 210.445.5161


Living Life to the Fullest Youth Summit
9:00 a.m. • Sam Houston High School • 4635 E Houston Street
A one-day summit with interactive sessions designed to provoke thought and discussion. Youth ages 4-24 will be welcomed and divided into appropriate age groups upon arrival. This year we are thrilled to invite parents and grandparents to join us for a special screening of the film, Resilience, and a discussion on the effects of childhood experiences. Lunch will be provided for all registered attendants-- youth and adults. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more updates, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mlkyouth
Event Contact: Dr. Valerie Woodard, 281.690.0259

*San Antonio Northwest Civic and Social Club (SANCSC) 24th Annual MLK, Jr. Birthday Celebration
6:00 p.m. • Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland (Gateway Club) • 2150 Kenly Drive
SANCSC, as a partner of San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, invites the community to the 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration honoring the life, struggles and accomplishments of Dr. King. Donation is $40 for a full course meal, keynote speaker, entertainment and a dance. Dress is semi-formal/formal. The event will feature a prominent guest speaker: Mr. Nevil Shed, Motivational Speaker, of San Antonio, Texas. Tickets must be purchased five days before the event. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Contact Mr. Alexander Harris, 210.364.9066 for tickets and base access.


Wreath-Laying Ceremony
2:00 p.m. • Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza • Intersection of E. Houston and N. New Braunfels
Dr. Colette Pierce BurnetteThe San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission invites the community to the Commission's annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony honoring the life, struggles and accomplishments of Dr. King. Businesses, City Officials, and organizations will lay wreaths at the MLK, Jr. statue in commemoration. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, the first female President and Chief Executive Officer of the historic Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and only historically black college and university. Free and open to the public.
Event Contact: Harold Moore, 210.290.3212

Citywide Interfaith Worship Service
4:00 p.m. • Second Baptist Church • 3310 E. Commerce Street
Interfaith Worship ServiceThe Annual Citywide Interfaith Worship Service, presented by the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, will feature several invited guest speakers who will present on various topics of faith and the legacy of Dr. King. Free and open to the public.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Mateen Diop, educator, author, publisher, activist, and current principal of Sam Houston High School.
Event Contact: Dr. John Abdo, 210.396.6800


Early Morning Worship Program
8:00 a.m. • MLK Academy • 3501 Martin Luther King Dr.
The community is invited to enjoy a positive and uplifting experience during the Early Morning Worship Program. Presented by the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the event features contemporary and traditional musical artists, inspirational and motivational dances and spoken word performances. Free and open to the public. This event will include Food Bank donation bins. Please bring nonperishable food products to donate.
Keynote Speaker: Apostle T.E. Booker
Event Contact: Bishop Rosa Wilson, 210.326.7738

Martin Luther King, Jr. March
10:00 a.m. • Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy • 3501 Martin Luther King Drive
Together We WinThe annual march, organized and presented by the San Antonio MLK Jr. Commission and the City of San Antonio, begins at the MLK, Jr. Academy and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa. The nearly 3-mile route down Martin Luther King Drive takes participants through San Antonio's historic Eastside in remembrance of Dr. King. In 2018, approximately 300,000 people participated in the march as part of an unforgettable experience that has become one of San Antonio's signature events. Free and open to the public. For route information or VIA Park & Ride details, visit
Event Contact: Nathaniel Davis, 210.391.9086

Commemorative Program
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Pittman-Sullivan Park • 1101 Iowa
Shaun KingThe San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission's Commemorative program is one of the highlights of the annual commemoration honoring Dr. King. The program will feature the City of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other national, state, and county officials. The presentation of the Baha'i Unity of Humanity Award and the Rev. R.A. Callies Courage Award are also part of the program's highlights. Free and open to the public. Keynote Speaker: Shaun King, journalist, humanitarian, and activist. King is nationally recognized as a humane and passionate advocate for justice and families, and an extremely visible fundraiser for victims of brutality and discrimination. Free and open to the public.
Event Contact: Mia Morris, 210.325.6878


Trinity University Lecture Series
7:30 p.m. • Trinity University - Laurie Auditorium • One Trinity Place
Ijeoma OluoTrinity University will honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a public lecture and participation in the San Antonio march commemorating the civil rights leader. Trinity is proud to present Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller, Ijeoma Oluo as the 2019 keynote speaker. Oluo will be signing copies of her renowned debut book, So You Want to Talk About Race. In this New York Times bestseller, Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. This event is free and open to the public with first come, first served seating.
Event Contact: Alli Roman, 210.999.8055


Sixth Annual DREAM MAJOR © Gala
7:00 p.m. • Hilton Garden Inn – San Antonio-Live Oak Conference Center •8101 Pat Booker Rd, Live Oak
The Board of Directors of the Pi Theta Lambda Educational Foundation, Inc. (PTLEF) in cooperation with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Pi Theta Lambda Chapter proudly presents the Sixth Annual DREAM MAJOR Scholarship Gala. This formal/semi-formal dinner, features live entertainment, a silent auction and more. This year’s event will be headlined by keynote speaker, Adrian L. Wallace, 30th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the initial project manager in the planning of the National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Please join us for an enjoyable and enlightening evening benefiting the PTLEF Scholarship Fund, which supports the post-secondary aspirations of San Antonio area youth. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Topic: “Revisiting Life’s Blueprint: Build, Organize, Learn and Earn”
Keynote Speaker: Adrian L. Wallace
Event Contact: Odis R. Blueitt 210.792.4146 for ticket and event info.


Remembering Our History: Black History Month Banquet
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • St. Mary's University • 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228
St. Mary's University's Black Student Union and the San Antonio MLK Jr. Commission will be hosting "Remembering our History: Black History Month Banquet" to remember past and present figures and events that have crafted our History. We invite you to also join us as we hear from and honor Black leaders in our own community that are currently making history in San Antonio. Panelist will include Robert Blount, a member of NISD Board of Trustees, Former Mayor, Ivy Taylor, Amaya West a Business Careers High School student and many more that are paving the way for African Americans to truly make a difference and have a greater impact on San Antonio! This event is opened to the public to educate the San Antonio community on forgotten figures and events in Black History, as well as recognize other figures in history that have helped African Americans rise above their situations. This event will require ticketed admission to the Opening session, rotations and Closing session/panel which can be purchased with cash, or online via:
General admission (includes light refreshments) is 6$ for adults/ 3$ for Children/students & Military. Meal Admission (includes 1 meat, 2 sides, 1 bread, beverage and dessert) is 11$ for Adults and 7$ for Children/Students & Military. For RSVPs and more information, contact Alexandria Garcia at or 210.445.2077.

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Commission Meeting Dates

MLK Full Commission Meetings take place on the second Monday of every month.


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Eastside Education & Training Center (EETC) • 4551 Dietrich Rd., 78219


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Eastside Education & Training Center (EETC) • 4551 Dietrich Rd., 78219


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Eastside Education & Training Center (EETC) • 4551 Dietrich Rd., 78219


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Eastside Education & Training Center (EETC) • 4551 Dietrich Rd., 78219


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Eastside Education & Training Center (EETC) • 4551 Dietrich Rd., 78219


Each year, as part of its celebration and focus on youth and education, the MLK, Jr. Commission administers a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program. These scholarships help to fund a portion of the college tuition of several deserving students, regardless of race or ethnicity. Each year, the MLK, Jr. Commission gives thousands of dollars in scholarships, thanks to the support of its many partners. This ceremony will be held in Spring 2019.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. 

Sponsored by the City of San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

For more information visit: MLK Scholarship.