2016 Community MLK Celebration: “Unity In Our Community”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration

Again in 2016, Tyler Together Race Relations Forum (TTRRF) is excited to sponsor Tyler’s City-Wide Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 18,2016.



2016 MLK Theme

This year’s Theme is

“Unity In Our Community”. 

Event Schedule

  • We will kick-off the celebration with a short program on the Tyler Downtown Square at 9:00 am.
  • Our annual parade will commence at 9:30 am from the Downtown Square heading south on Broadway Avenue to the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (corner of Front Street & Broadway Ave.)
  • Our Main Program will commence at 10 am at the Cathedral.

Featured Speaker

LINAThis year’s Featured Speaker will be a native Tylerite:  International Singer, Songwriter and Actress, LINA.

LINA has been called a “One Woman Harlem Renaissance”, reclaiming decades worth of musical heritage for a new generation.

Lina was exposed to a wide variety of music – classical, choral, opera – and began performing in local talent shows. Growing up in a music filled household, her mother a singer and her father a guitarist, Lina wrote her first song at eight years old.

After cutting a series of demos in an effort to turn other artists on to her songs, Lina had her first success in 1998, when L.A.-based Tyrese recorded one of her songs for his self-titled debut, which went platinum.

LINA made her musical introduction in 2001 with her debut album, “Stranger on Earth”.  Since then, her songs have been recorded and placed on forthcoming albums, as well as in films such as HBO’s “Disappearing Acts” (2001) and Fox Picture’s blockbuster hit “High Crimes” (2002).

Click here to learn more about LINA


CLICK FOR UPDATE:2017 Rev. Jerome Milton Community Service Award:Christina Fulsom (East Human Needs Network)


Student Essay/Visual Arts Contest

As part of this year’s celebration, Student Essays from area high schools which are based upon the “Unity In Our Community” theme  were submitted.  The top entries will recognized during the Main Program at 10 a.m.

Visual Arts projects based upon the “Unity In Our Community” theme  were submitted by area elementary schools.  All Visual Art submissions will be displayed at the City of Tyler Public Library from Saturday, January 16th thru Saturday, February 6th ( 3 weeks).

Update: Click To See The 2016 Student Contest Winners

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  1. Linda Streeter says:

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