The following events are hosted by the City of San Antonio MLK, Jr. Commission, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation, and partner organizations. Events hosted by partner organizations are marked with an asterisk*.
saturday-Sunday, JANUARY 4-5, 2020
MLK L.E.A.D. Youth Summit
9:00 a.m. • The Magik Theater • 420 S. Alamo St.
Helping our youth to L.E.A.D (L)ink up the city, (E)ducate themselves with tangible sources, (A)ctivate their gifts, and (D)evelop productive members of the community and world Leaders. We will do this whilst making the experience fun, interactive, and immersive with hosts, Aundre Dean and Shynieka Taylor; guest speakers, Claudia Jordan and Brian White; and entertainment by That Girl Lay Lay, Double Xperience, Simply Rayne and King Savage & the Ghetto Avengers.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020
Baptist Ministers’ Union of San Antonio & Vicinity Presents: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Worship*
7:00 p.m. • Antioch Baptist Church • 1001 N. Walters
Baptist Ministers’ Union of San Antonio & Vicinity invites the community honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at an evening of worship featuring guest speaker, Pastor Greg Oliver of Mount Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana.
saturday, january 11, 2020
Health & Wellness Event: Free Cryp Cold Treatment
9:00 am • Cryo Body Shape • 6322 FM 78, Ste 117
The San Antonio MLK, Jr. Commission presents FREE Cryo Cold Treatment, hosted by Cryo Body Shape and Diana Horton-Barnett, RN, BSN, CNOR, CLT. Cryo stimulation involves the activation of natural bod defense making it totally safe. Other "cooling" treatment, such as the use of ice packs where the patient is resting for a long period of time, generally lasts up to 5 minutes per session. Cryo stimulation reduces injury recovery rime so that all can resume rehabilitation earlier and lower drug intake.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020
Second Annual Literary Empowerment Networking Summit
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. • Magnolia Gardens • 2030 Main Ave.
The event includes but is not limited to diverse literary groups, individual readers, universities, colleges, high schools, sororities, fraternities, and other social groups in and around San Antonio.
LENS (Literary Empowerment Networking Summit) welcomes you to…
IGNITE your creative thoughts
LEVERAGE your networking experience
INTERFACE with literary resources and contacts
SUPPORT emerging authors
Third Annual MLK Poetry Slam
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. • Grace Lutheran Church • 504 Avenue E
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! $20 tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite.com or at the door.
SANCSC Annual MLK, Jr. Birthday Celebration*
6:00 p.m. • Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Gateway Club• 2150 Kenly Drive
The San Antonio Northwest Civic and Social Club (SANCSC), as a partner of the San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, invites the community to its birthday celebration, marking the 25th anniversary of our Annual MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration, honoring the life, struggles and accomplishments of Dr. King. The donation is $40 for a full course meal, keynote speaker, entertainment, and dance. The dress for the evening will be formal/semi-formal. In addition, the event will feature a prominent guest speaker, the Honorable Mario Marcel Salas, of San Antonio, Texas. Tickets must be purchased five days before the event, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Contact SANCSC’s point of contact, Mr. Alexander Harris at (210) 364-9066 for tickets and base access
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020
2:00 p.m. • Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza • Intersection of E. Houston and N. New Braunfels
The 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: Author, entrepreneur and community activist, Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
Citywide Interfaith Worship Service
4:30 p.m. • Laurel Heights Methodist Church • 227 W. Woodlawn Ave.
The 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. Addie Lorraine Walker, SSND, PhD
MLK Youth Fashion Charity Gala
6:00 pm • UIW Rosenberg Sky Room • 847 E. Hildebrand Ave.
The evening of the MLK Youth Charity Fashion Gala, will be the highlight of the San Antonio social calendar at the top of the year, featuring celebrated fashion designers Alani Taylor & Deviant La Vie. These brands have been selected to create original designs for the who's who of Hollywood to include most notably Beyoncé, Lena Waithe, Tyra Banks, Cardi B, Black Chyna, and the list goes on. The special one-night-only onstage program will feature a musical performance by Hip Hop legacy King Combs! Supporting our MLK youth program is easy when you are made to feel like a star that you are in the process. Proceeds will go to the MLK Foundation San Antonio youth program in support of holding events throughout the year to keep the city's youth active, engaged, and inspired! We are so pleased to have you join us in creativity, design, and FASHION! Purchase tickets here.
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020
Pre-March Early Morning Worship Program
8:00 a.m. • MLK Academy • 3501 Martin Luther King Dr.
The community is invited to count down to the beginning of 2020 March at the Pre-March Early Morning Worship Program. Presented by the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, the event features music and dance performances, praise and worship, and remarks from religious and community leaders. Free and open to the public. This event will include Food Bank donation bins. Please bring nonperishable food products to donate. Featured Speaker: Bishop Shawn D. Yancey, Faith & Deliverance Life-Changing Ministries, Hurst, Texas
Commemorative Morning Praise and Worship in the Park
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Pittman-Sullivan Park • 1101 Iowa
The community is invited to enjoy a positive and uplifting experience during the Morning Praise and 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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. March
10:00 a.m. • Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy • 3501 Martin Luther King Drive
The 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 2019, 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 sanantonio.gov/mlk.
12:00 9.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Pittman-Sullivan Park • 1101 Iowa
The 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. Free and open to the public. Keynote Speaker: Dr. John R. Adolph
ThursDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
Trinity University Lecture Series
7:30 p.m. • Trinity University - Laurie Auditorium • One Trinity Place
Trinity 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. This year's keynote speaker is Robert D. Bullard. Bullard is the foremost scholar of the Environmental Justice Movement. Having served as the Dean of the Barbara Jordan–Mickey Leland School Of Public Affairs from 2011–2016, he is currently Distinguished Professor at Texas Southern University.
Bullard obtained his Ph.D. in sociology at Iowa State University. He is co-founder of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Climate Change Consortium, a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and an award-winning author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, and urban land use. Bullard has received numerous awards from the country’s leading environmental organizations. He was the first African American to win the Sierra Club John Muir Award and was named one of “Thirteen Environmental Leaders of the Century” by Newsweek.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020
Economic Development: The State of Black San Antonio
11:00 am • St. Philip’s College, The Heritage Room • 1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
Seventh 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 Seventh Annual DREAM MAJOR Scholarship Gala. This formal/semi-formal dinner, features the smooth sounds of Billy Ray Sheppard and Friends, a silent auction, and more. This year’s event will be headlined by keynote speaker, Dr. Logan Hampton, 10th President of Lane College located in Jackson, Tennessee. 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 http://www.dream-major.org/gala-tickets/. Keynote Speaker: Logan Hampton, Ed.D. Topic: “A Creative Psalm of Humanity: Education, Justice, and the Dignity of Work” Event Contact: Odis R. Blueitt (210.792.4146) for ticket and event info.
SATURDAY, March 25, 2020
MLK Golf Tournament
7:00 am • Silver Horn Golf Club • 1100 W Bitters Road
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation presents the Third Annual MLK Golf Tournament Scholarship Benefit. The four person scramble format includes cart, green fees, lunch, range balls, and CBIFF Replay Card. Individuals participate for $125 and teams for $500. Breakfast and barbecue buffet included! For more information contact event chairperson, Jeffery A. Garner at 210-445-5161 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, May 23, 2020
Dr. MLK, Jr. Foundation Gala
7:00 pm • Omni Colonnade San Antonio • 9821 Colonnade Blvd.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Achievement Award, Reverend Dr. R.A. Callies, Sr. Courage Award and Baha’I Unity of Humanity Awards will be presented to the 2020 recipients. Learn more about the MLK, Jr. Commission awards and nominate worthy recipients here! Awards nomination deadline: March 9, 2020.