2019 Community-Wide MLK Day Celebration – “Learn to LIVE TOGETHER as BROTHERS”

2019 MLK Day Tyler Texas2019 MLK Day Celebration

Tyler Together Race Relations Forum is honored to sponsor Tyler’s 2019 Community-Wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Main Celebration Plans

Our Celebration began at the Tyler Downtown Square at 9 a.m. followed by a Parade at 9:30 am down South Broadway to the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (Broadway and Front St.)  At the Cathedral, our formal program began at 10 a.m.

Our 2019 Theme: “Learn to LIVE TOGETHER as BROTHERS”

Dr. King used this phrase on numerous occasions as a reminder that we are all tied together.  A sentiment that each of us needs to remember.


2019 Keynote Speaker

Peggy Llewellyn, History-making NHRA Pro Stock Motorcyclist

“Professional motorcyclist Peggy, of Mexican and Jamaican descent, became the first woman of color in the world to win a professional motorsports event, winning at the NHRA POWERade Dallas event in 2007, earning her an appearance in the inaugural Countdown to 4 and Countdown to 1, giving her a finish in the POWERade top five in standings where she recorded her post-career-best time and speed. For the season, she finished fourth overall and holding the highest placing for a female in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.” 

  Learn More Here….

2019 MLK Tyler Texas Keynote Speaker- Peggy LlewellynMedia Coverage:

See Tyler Morning Telegraph Article Below:

2019MLK Day_Tyler TX

“East Texans celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with parade, program in Tyler”

See KLTV News Coverage Below:

“Tyler community gathers to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day”


The East Texas MLK Spokenword Competition

Tyler Together Race Relations Forum in association with Mike Guinn Entertainment presents the The First Annual East Texas MLK Spokenword Competition.

A FREE Family-Friendly  EVENT!

Theme:’ Life, Love, Laughter.
Sunday Jan 20th, 2019, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Doors open at 5pm Sharp.
LIVE at College Hill Baptist CHurch (1314 West Houston Street, Tyler, Texas 75702)

2019 East Texas MLK Spokentword Event, Tyler Texas

The Inaugural MLK Spokenword Competition is part of our citywide MLK Celebration and offers a high energy all ages event where an audience is treated to powerful poetry and spokeword performances from some of the BEST performances poets in the East Texas and Beyond.

Read about Newspaper Coverage of this Event below:

2019 MLK Spokenword Tyler TX Newspaper Cover

“MLK Spokenword Competition gives East Texas poets a platform for expression”


MLK Art Contest

For the fifth year, Tyler Together  invited all Elementary and Middle schools in Tyler Area to participate in our Annual MLK Art Contest. All Art Submissions will be on display at the Tyler Public Library (201 S College Ave, Tyler, TX 75702) from Sunday, January 13th til Saturday, February 9th. Award Winners were recognized during our Main Program on Monday, January 21st (10 am) at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception.

Congratulations to Our Winners….

2019 MLK Art Contest Winners


  Student School Art Teacher
1st Emma Bennett Caldwell Elementary Angela Jennings
2nd Vanessa  Perdoma Douglas Elementary Jennifer McCrary
3rd William Brooks Peete Elementary Melba Williams
Middle School    
1st Leslie Anaya Moore Middle School Debra Acosta
2nd Sydney Hale Boulter Middle School Misty Harbour
3rd Emily Bethancourt Moore Middle School Debra Acosta


2019 MLK Theme Background

Our theme is taken from a section of Dr. King’s Commencement Address for Oberlin College (June 1965, Oberlin Ohio) :

 “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution”


I’d like to suggest some of the things that we must do in order to remain awake and to achieve the proper mental attitudes and responses that the new situation demands.


First, I’d like to say that we are challenged to achieve a world perspective.


Anyone who feels that we can live in isolation today, anyone who feels that we can live without being concerned about other individuals and other nations is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. The great challenge now is to make it one in terms of brotherhood.


Now it is true that the geographic togetherness of our world has been brought into being, to a large extent, through modern man’s scientific ingenuity. Modern man, through his scientific genius, has been able to dwarf distance and place time in chains.


Yes, we’ve been able to carve highways through the stratosphere, and our jet planes have compressed into minutes distances that once took weeks and months. And so this is a small world from a geographical point of view.


What we are facing today is the fact that through our scientific and technological genius we’ve made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood.




This is the great issue facing us today.


No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone.







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