University of Texas at Arlington will pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
and celebrate those who have shared the late civil rights leader’s dream of
equality and justice during its Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet Friday, Jan.
17, and poetry slam Saturday, Jan. 18.
columnist Roland Martin is the keynote speaker for this year’s awards banquet,
which will present scholarships and honor recipients of the first MLK Living
Legend Awards. Martin is a former CNN political analyst, author and host of News One Now, a one-hour weekday morning
news program on TV One.
11 news reporter and UT Arlington alumna Elizabeth Dinh will emcee the event. Grammy
Award-winning jazz drummer and UT Arlington artist-in-residence Adonis Rose
will perform with the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra.
committee publicity chair Cheryel Carpenter said the banquet will be a little
different from years past. “We’ve spent the first 25 years sharing Dr. King’s
dream. Over the next 25 years, we’ll work to advance Dr. King’s dream of
equality and justice,” she said.
banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in the E. H. Hereford University
Center’s Bluebonnet Ballroom, 300 W. First St.
Members of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will serve as volunteer greeters for the awards banquet. Tickets are $40 and
may be purchased at www.utatickets.com.
Evening of Spoken Word Poetry Slam will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18,
also in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is $15. Tickets may also be
purchased at www.utatickets.com.
Veterans Breakfast and Opportunity Fair kicks off Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
activities Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W.
Nedderman. Simultaneously, hundreds of volunteers will gather there to learn
their assignments for the MLK Day of Service before embarking on the community
projects to be held that day.
Visit www.ArlingtonMLK.com to learn more about the events. A campus map is
available at www.uta.edu/maps.