Zenja Dunn

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It’s that awesome time of year again! January brings the new year, new beginnings and the Birthday Celebration of Civil Rights Leader and ‘Drum Major for Justice’ Dr. Martin Luther King.

The MLK holiday parade comes to Downtown Las Vegas for the 41 year. Though Dr. King’s birthday is January 15, Las Vegas has celebrated its annual week of MLK Holiday events since 1981, just two years before it was declared a federal holiday in 1983. This parade from its inception, is the place where people from all walks of life including labor unions, schools, small business and families walk and march together.

The theme of the parade is important as it focuses on peace that can be created when everyone celebrates the differences of our neighbors. Communication is work but it’s the key to fairness and love with one another.

This year’s theme isLiving the Dream – It Starts with Me (Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community“.  

I remember marching in the parade in junior high with the Jim Bridger Jr. HS Band, in high school with the Human Retaliations Club and in college with my Sorors, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. It continues to be an honor to see the parade’s consistent growth through out the years. For me, parade day will always be a day of hope celebrated in community, togetherness and solidarity with the man who had a dream.

Vegas representation would not be where it is today without the Dr. Martin Luther King Committee of Las Vegas. The dedicated committee members headed by Wendell P Williams, Parade Chairman & Founder, work all year long to organize and vision the next year’s presentation of events. This year’s festivities kick off with the 5th Annual Tech Summit for local high school and college students, happening Friday January 13, 2023 at the Pearson Center.

The 41st Annual MLK Parade is Monday, January 16th at 10 a.m.

Line-up begins at 8:00 a.m. on 4th & Gass. For more information call 702-498-5888.

The Annual Scholarship Banquet is Saturday, January 14, 2023, at The Orleans Hotel and Casino at 6:00 p.m.

For the full list of local MLK holiday events CLICK HERE.

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