Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

 

Honoring the Legacy

Each January the City of Irving holds a special event to recognize and appreciate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This annual observance takes place at the Irving Arts Center, and features a variety of music, dance and theatrical performances.
 
This year the Irving Parks and Recreation and Irving Arts Center have partnered to present Freedom Riders, a new play with original songs and music produced by Mad River Theater Works. Two performances will be offered on Sunday, January 21, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., in Carpenter Hall. The performances are FREE but are first come, first served with tickets being made available at the theater one hour before show time, day of show. No advance tickets will be offered.

Freedom Riders
Mad River Theater Works’ Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protest was used to combat the cruelties of segregation. Freedom riders, both black and white, mostly young, Americans, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines purposefully disregarding the hateful segregation practices that were still commonplace in so many parts of the United States. The play, recommended for ages 9 and up, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement.

You can learn more about the play here.


Special Presentation

Following each performance, Irving Community Television Network Producer Cathy Whiteman will moderate a post-show question and answer segment, featuring two of the 13 original Freedom Riders William E. Harbour and Charles Person. They will be presented 2018 Civil Rights Legacy Awards.


Become a Sponsor
Thousands of people from Irving and neighboring areas attend our annual festivities.  Support this community event and increase the visibility of your organization by becoming a sponsor.  For more information on becoming a sponsor, view our Sponsorship Packages (PDF) and contact The Sponsor Bureau at (214) 702-6411.

*Please check back regularly for event updates. Information is subject to change.