Why is it important to remember the great leaders in our lifetime?  People come and go like shooting stars – shining with a burst of fury while they’re with us, and slowly fade away from memory.  Why then, after almost 50 years after his death, do we still hold Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. up as one of America’s great leaders?  This MLK Day weekend, there are two observances of his amazing life and legacy that will give you a glimpse into the answer to this question.  Both events are free and open to the public.  For additional area events, visit our webpage at www.visitirving.com.

Radio Show Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When:  Sunday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062
Cost:  Free

The City of Irving presents “Honoring the Life and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This annual observance of the humanitarian and civil rights leader’s legacy will feature a radio show tribute including the news, pop culture, politics, sports and history of the 1960s. The event will present a compilation of audio, video and live performances from leading vocal and performing artists featuring a call-in segment where prerecorded listeners ask questions, and excerpts of King’s speeches provide answers and advice. Aside from the sounds of the Beatles and Motown, performances by Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Encore troupe and All Funk Radio Show are planned.  Learn More

While you’re there, take a look at the art exhibits on display.  One of them is entitled “Portraits of Freedom.”  The Art exhibits are always free and you can view them during exhibit hours.

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MLK Symposium to Explore Civil Rights Across Generations

When:  Monday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Where:  University of Dallas, 1845 East Northgate Drive 75062
Cost:  Free, but you must register soon, space is limited

Survivor and witness to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, Dale Long, and Royalyn Reid, entrepreneur and 2016 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award recipient, will speak at this year’s MLK Day Symposium on “The Role and Influence of Civil Rights Across Generations."  “The Role and Influence of Civil Rights Across Generations” will begin at 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room in SB Hall, and the panel discussion will be moderated by junior biology major Briget Hyde, BA ’18. Following the discussion, at noon, there will be a luncheon on the third floor of SB Hall.

“There will be three generations of discussion on civil rights,” said Greg Bell, associate dean of faculty affairs and associate professor of management in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. “What’s unique about this year’s MLK Day Symposium is that we also have a first-person perspective on the Civil Rights Movement from a victim of the 1963 church bombing.”  

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Gupta College of Business, President’s Office and Office of Advancement, is free and open to the general public, but attendees are asked to RSVP  to vpena@udallas.edu. Hurry, space is limited. Learn More

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Other events this weekend include:

FRIDAY

Caught BeTWEEN reads Book Club discuss titles by the master of horror, R. L. Stine.  Irving Public Library – South, 601 Schulze Drive 75050.  3 – 5 p.m.  FREE  Learn More

Come celebrate the Chronicles of Narnia at the Irving Public Library – Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  7 – 9 p.m.   FREE  Learn More  

Listen to Cody Wayne at The Ranch, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039.  8:00 p.m.  No cover charge.  Learn More  

Come on down to Jerry Don Branch’s Monthly Party at the Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060.  8 p.m.  No Cover Charge, but donations to the band are accepted.  Learn More

Bask in the sounds of Limelight at Cool River Café, 1045 Hidden Ridge 75038.  9 p.m.  No Cover Charge. Learn More 

SATURDAY

Las Colinas Home Show

The Las Colinas Home Show is in town this weekend at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039.  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Adults $10, Military $8, Senior Citizens $8, Children 14 and under are free. Learn More

Don’t care for sushi but you love sweets?  Make some candy sushi at the Irving Public Library – West, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062.  2 – 3:30 p.m.  FREE  Learn More

Irving Chataqua presents Dance in Motion at the Irving Public Library – South, 601 Schulze Drive 75060.  2 – 3 p.m.  FREE  Learn More

Global Reads Book Club discusses In the Shadow of the Banyan at the Irving Public Library – West, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062.  2 – 3 p.m.  FREE  Learn More

Family Movie Matinee presents Pokemon – Hoopa and the Clash of Ages at the Irving Public Library – Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  2 – 4 p.m.  FREE.  For children of all ages and adults.    Learn More

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Lion Dance at the Irving Public Library – East, 440 S. Nursery Road 75060.  2:30 – 4 p.m.  FREE  Learn More

Cinema 13 presents Jason Bourne at the Irving Public Library – Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  4 – 6 p.m.  FREE.  Ages 13 to adult.  Learn More

Faron Lee Gilbert is performing at The Ranch, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039.  8:00 p.m. No Cover Charge.  Learn More

Phares Clark

Phares Clark Expedition with Jake Odin & The March Band is at the Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060.  8:00 p.m.   No Cover Charge but donations for the band are accepted.  Learn More

Overdrive is playing at Cool River Café, 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038.  9:30 p.m.  No Cover Charge.  Learn More

SUNDAY

The Las Colinas Home Show continues at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039.  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Adults $10, Military $8, Senior Citizens $8, Children 14 and under are free.  Learn More

Catch Dubbers Champagne Jam at the Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060.  8 p.m. No Cover Charge but donations to the band are accepted. Learn More

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For more events in and around Irving, visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com.