Each January the City of Irving holds a special event to recognize and appreciate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual observance takes place at the Irving Arts Center, and features a variety of music, dance and theatrical performances.
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance will focus on a series of riveting events that led up to the historic March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. The program narrative will explore the individual contributions and leadership styles of three prominent leaders who had a major influence on the 1963 march:
-Civil rights pioneer A. Philip Randolph - March on Washington Director
-Famed civil rights strategist Bayard Rustin - March on Washington Organizer
-Renowned civil rights activist and Baptist preacher Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - March on Washington Featured Speaker
The program objective is to go beyond the surface while presenting familiar information surrounding the historic event. Audience members can expect to learn about interesting facts and experiences which preceded the monumental March on Washington. In addition, various aspects of the planning and methods of preparation used to accomplish an assembly of more than 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial will be shared.
The 90-minute production will feature a mixture of drama, music, dance and multi-media techniques. Participants will enjoy entertainment from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Marquinn Middleton and the Miracle Choir and the Bear Creek Baptist Church Choir.