Come Join Our MLK Community Event in Odessa, TX!

Every year, the Black Cultural Council of Odessa honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy in a two-day celebration leading up to the third Monday of January, which is when Dr. King’s birthday is celebrated nationally. There is something for the whole family and we ensure that there are plenty of activities to entertain our youth. Channel 7, Channel 9 and the Odessa American Newspaper always cover these events, so be sure to check for pictures and videos! Also, we’re always looking for volunteers and new members. If you’re interested, give us a call at (432) 305-0369. 

Learn about our 2017 event from the article about it in the Odessa American here.
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Check back for our 2018 PROGRAMMING soon!

2017 programming

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Gospel Celebration 
  • Place: Blackshear Elementary School Auditorium, 501 S. Dixie Blvd. Odessa, TX. 
  • Time: 3:30p.m.
  • Guest Speakers: 
    •  Dr. Stanley T. Hillard
    • Pastor, St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church -Houston, Texas
  • Admission Free
  • Music provided by: Minister R.L.Taylor and The Sons of The Father - Arlington,TX
Monday, January 16, 2017
King Breakfast
  • Place: ORMC Community Room, 515 Adams Street. Odessa, Texas                     
  • Time: 6:00a.m. - Breakfast 6:30a.m. Program Begin   
  • Speaker:
    •  Reverend Herbert L. Crisp Sr.
    •  Pastor, White's Chapel COGIC, Midland, TX.
  • Admission Free
Kings Rally
  • Place: Southside Senior Citizens Center, 900 S. Dixie Odessa, Texas
  • Time: 11:00a.m.  
  • Speaker: 
    • Javorian "Brother" Miller, Student at Permian High School
  • Youth from the community will be performing.
  • Admission Free
Freedom March
  • Place: The March will begin at the Southside Senior Citizens Center, 900 S. Dixie Odessa, Texas.
  • Route: North on Dixie Blvd. to Murphy Street and turn right, go east, turn right on Woodson Street and disband in front of the Woodson Community Center.
  • Time: Line up - 11:45a.m. March Begins - 12 Noon
  •  Admission Free
  • 2017 Results:
    • 1 Place - St. James Baptist Church
    • 2 Place -Greater St. John Baptist Church
    • 3 Place - Ector Jr. High Shool
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Rhythm of Gospel Awards Male Quartet Group winners for 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee-- Minister R.L.Taylor and The Sons of The Father of Arlington, Texas will be performing at the Gospel Celebration on January 15th. 

Dr. Stanley T Hillard will be one of the Guest Speakers at the Gospel Celebration on January 15th. 

Reverend Herbert L. Crisp Sr. will be one of the guest speakers at the King Breakfast on January 16th.

Javorian "Brother" Miller, Student at Permian High School will be speaking at Kings Rally on January 16th.

Celebration of freedom, decorated car


Each year we choose a different theme that is reflective of Dr. King’s beliefs and ideas. Last year we chose “Let Freedom Ring: Choose Non-violence.” Events typically include a gospel celebration, community breakfast, a rally and a freedom march. Admission is always free. For more information on the coming year’s celebration and how you can participate, call (432) 305-0369.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In 2016, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will take place on January 18th. On this day, there will be a breakfast for participants and a rally before the Freedom March takes place. Bring your signs and join us in celebrating and promoting the honorable values, beliefs and ideas of Dr. King, a hero of non-violent activism in the Civil Rights Movement.

See photos from the 2017 community event

See photos from the 2016 community event

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