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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade to draw hundreds in Fort Worth

Kerrington Barnes watched the Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade last year.
Kerrington Barnes watched the Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade last year. Star-Telegram

Monday’s downtown Fort Worth parade in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and teachings likely will attract hundreds, organizers said, and events also are planned in Arlington and Mansfield.

Many people on Monday also will celebrate the civil rights leader by taking part in the MLK Day of Service, a national effort in which volunteers in communities help others. Volunteers across Tarrant County will fan out to help social service centers, homeless shelters, churches and food banks.

The community is invited to take part in the MLK March, Parade and Rally in downtown Fort Worth on Monday morning. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. More than 100 groups are expected to participate, said organizers.

The parade has taken place in Fort Worth for about 30 years, said Rev. Tyron Lane, spokesman for the Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee Inc. It starts at 9th and Commerce Streets and ends at Sundance Square. Several hundred people are expected to participate and watch.

“Come out and be a part of this and enjoy the afternoon,” said the Rev. Robert Jackson, president of the board of the Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee Inc.

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to take part in the Sixth Annual Tarrant Churches Together MLK Day of Service.

Under the Tarrant Churches together project, volunteers will serve 24 participating community groups, including Beautiful Feet Ministries, Catholic Charities, Community Food Bank and Union Gospel Mission. Participation in this event has grown every year, organizers said.

The City of Fort Worth is embarking on its first ever Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service. Individuals, churches, nonprofits, neighborhoods and schools across Tarrant County are urged to start volunteer projects through Jan. 24.

“This is the sixth year for our Annual TCT MLK Day of Service event, and we are proud of the way it has grown and expanded through the years to serve those in need,” said Melinda Veatch, executive director of Tarrant Churches Together in a press release.

“Volunteers young and old, from a diverse range of churches, neighborhoods and races all come together each year to give back through this event and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Veatch said.

Diane A. Smith: 817-390-7675, @dianeasmith1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events

Sunday

MLK Hubert Moss Ecumenical Service

Service begins at 6 p.m. at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 N. Davis Dr. in Arlington. Evelyn Parker, Dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, is keynote speaker. After the service, there will be a reception hosted by the Arlington XI Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The free church celebration event starts at 5 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1188 W. Broad St. in Mansfield. Performances include handbell choir from First United Methodist Church and the Mansfield High School gospel choir.

Monday

MLK March/Parade and Rally

The Downtown Fort Worth parade starts at 11 a.m. at 9th and Commerce streets and ends at Sundance Square. A rally is planned immediately afterward at Sundance Square. Information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gfwmlkjrhc.info/?fref=ts

Tarrant Churches Together MLK Day of Service

People can volunteer Monday to serve the community. The event begins at Baker Chapel A.M.E Church, 1050 E. Humbolt St. in Fort Worth. Walk-in registration and sign-in start at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Choices for volunteer slots could be limited. To learn more, go to: http://www.tarranttogether.org/#!events/c1xnm or call 817-737-5554.

A community worship is set for 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. followed by work at each volunteer’s selected service site until 12:45 a.m. The day ends with a no-cost lunch and dialogue at 1 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway Ave. in Fort Worth.

MLK Day of Service/Arlington

Volunteers meet at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St. for assignments. Event begins at 9 a.m. at www.arlingtonMLK.com.

The MLK Festival/Arlington

The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. at Levitt Pavillion in downtown Arlington. Live performances, art, food trucks.

MLK Youth Musical Extravaganza

The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. and features a 400-voice elementary choir, soloists, first place step dance team winners and scholarship recipients. Metro Center, Fielder Road Baptist Church, 1323 W. Pioneer Parkway.

Saturday, Jan. 23

Eat More Greens /Harmony Healthy Harvest

The health initiative encourages young people to follow a healthy diet including vegetables. Fort Worth Blue Zone Project and Harmony Missionary Baptist Church promote health initiative on Saturday at 9 a.m. Event begins with a service. Volunteers will plant vegetable beds at Eastside YMCA, 1500 Sandy Lane in Fort Worth. For more information, contact Rev. Kyev Tatum at 817-966-7625 or kptatum1@gmail.com.

Through Jan. 24

Fort Worth Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service

Mayor Betsy Price promotes community service throughout the week. Volunteers can register with the City of Fort Worth. Projects will be listed on the event website, MayorsWeekOfService.com and on the Compassionate Fort Worth Facebook page. For more information, check online at: http://fortworthtexas.gov/news/2015/12/Mayors-Week-of-Service/.

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