Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.” His overall message of unity is the theme in the Parks and Recreation Department’s 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance on Jan. 17.
The city’s annual observance was virtual in 2021 and residents watched from home or on the go. The show aired on Jan. 17 on cable television, online and on Facebook. The hour-long show featured performances from Dallas Black Dance Theater: Encore! and West Irving Church of God in Christ. Additionally, Irving artists Mercedes Lewis and Sanah Brown showcased their artwork and discussed the importance Dr. King placed in the arts.
Irving students from three categories - grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 - participated in the program, reading their winning submissions to the annual essay contest.
City of Irving officials and staff from different departments also participated in this year’s video.