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


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City of San Antonio MLK Commission
Attn: Mike Etienne, Ph.D.
Office of EastPoint
P O Box 839966
San Antonio, Texas 78283

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Council District 2 Office 210.207.0950

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Schedule of Events - 2018 Calendar

January 2018


MLK Commemorative 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. The Commemorative Lecture will feature keynote speaker; Kathleen Cleaver. Kathleen’s father was a sociology professor at Wiley College and her mother held a degree in Mathematics. With her father's work, the family spent many of her early years abroad in Liberia, the Philippines, and Sierra Leone. Cleaver completed high school at the Georgia School in Philadelphia in 1963. Cleaver dropped out of Barnard College in 1966 when she was a sophomore to work full-time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, where she served in the Campus Program. From 1967 to 1971, Cleaver was the communications secretary of the Black Panther Party, the first woman member of their Central Committee.


My City, Our Community Youth Summit
9:00 a.m. • St. Philip's College Watson Fine Arts Center • 1801 Martin Luther King
My Life Matters: Empowering Youth for Change Youth Event! Presentation of a series of workshops from Robotics and engineering to Dance and Hip Hop Music, workshops will be designed to encourage youth and parents to think in terms of career paths as well as community engagement. Attendance to morning workshops is mandatory for admission to an afternoon of fun contests and a surprise nationally known recording artist!! Parent workshops will be available. College and Tech school recruiters will be on site. For information contact the MLK Youth Event Committee at 210.461.1709. Please register and return this form to: MLK Youth Summit. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Free and open to the public.

San Antonio Northwest Civic and Social Club 23nd 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, as a partner of San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, invites the community to the 23nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration honoring the life, struggles and accomplishments of Dr. King. Donation is $30 for a full course meal, keynote speaker, entertainment and a dance. Dress is semi-formal/formal. The event will feature a prominent guest speaker: Reverend Allen L. Ford, Pastor of Grace First Baptist Church, in 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
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; Renee Watson, Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department of Bexar County. Free and open to the public.

Citywide Interfaith Worship Service
4:00 p.m. • San Fernando Cathedral • 115 Main Plaza
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; Cary Clack, metro columnist of the San Antonio Express News.


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. Keynote Speaker Dr. Free and open to the public. Keynote speaker; Dr. Mateen Diop, educator, author, publisher, activist and currently the Principal of Sam Houston High School

Martin Luther King, Jr. March 50th National Anniversary 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 2017, approximately 250,000 people participated in the march as part of an unforgettable experience that has become one of San Antonio's signature events. For route information or VIA Park & Ride details, visit

Commemorative Program
11:30 a.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. 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. Keynote Speaker; Roland Martin, journalist, syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and author. He is a commentator for TV One and the host of News One Now, one-hour weekday morning news. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

5th Annual DREAM MAJOR© Gala
7:00 p.m. • Hilton Garden Inn • 8101 Pat Booker Road • Live Oak, TX 78233
Pi Theta Lambda Educational Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agent for community benefit administered by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Pi Theta Lambda Chapter. This formal event, sanctioned by the City of San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, will feature a dynamic keynote speaker, live entertainment, silent auction, and more. Please join us for an enjoyable evening as we raise funds to present scholarships to San Antonio area youth. For more information or tickets, visit Dream MAJOR or call 210.792.4146.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MLK Job Fair at the Eastside Education & Training Center
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • 4551 Dietrich Rd
Looking for a job or a career change? Join us at the recently inaugurated Eastside Education & Training Center (EETC) located in the City’s Eastside on Wednesday, January 31st from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Have the opportunity to save time and meet with over 20 employers of the metropolitan area including small and large businesses. There will be on-the-spot job interviews and hiring along with a speedy entry and registration. All skill levels are welcome.

December 2017


MLK, JR. Commission Paint-A-Thon
8:00 am.-1:00 p.m. • Martin Luther King Dr.
To Volunteer, please contact: Melissa Escamilla, City of San Antonio, 210.207.8178. The MLK Jr. Commission Paint-A-Thon is a unique community partnership designed to paint the exterior of homes owned and occupied by persons with limited financial resources along the MLK March route on Martin Luther King Dr. in San Antonio, Texas. The MLK Paint-A-Thon is scheduled for December 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

October 2017


MLK, Jr. Commission Artwork Contest
Online Entry
For the 2018 commemoration, the MLK, Jr. Commission is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Citywide Art Contest for Official Artwork. The selected artwork will be used as the visual representation of one of five key words used to inspire young artists to create a work that they feel represents one of these key words as related to the world we live in! The words are Equity, Love, Diversity, Unity, and Social Justice. The final artwork selected will be used for promotional materials for the 2018 Commemoration. The contest is opened to Bexar County residents, with a specific emphasis on student artists.
Deadline for Submissions: Friday, October 20, 2017 (4:00 p.m. Central Time).

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2018 Artwork contest winner

Artist Ed Davis selected for his  artwork titled "Your African and American History".

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Commission Meeting Dates

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

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017

Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Barbara Jordan Center • 2803 E. Commerce, 78203


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Municipal Plaza Room B • 114 W. Commerce, 78205


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


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Barbara Jordan Center • 2803 E. Commerce, 78203


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Barbara Jordan Center • 2803 E. Commerce, 78203


Full Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m. • Barbara Jordan Center • 2803 E. Commerce, 78203


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 2018.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 23, 2018 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.