mlk martin luther king unite

Plano Independent School District invites the community to a tribute honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a celebration of the legacy of the Plano ISD community.

The program will be held on Thursday, January 21 in the Williams High School Auditorium. Pre-program entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program with PISD students from 7—8:15 p.m. themed “Making Your Mark,” which includes a Parade of Nations and elementary students citing poetry and letters to Dr. King. Also during the event, awards will be presented to student winners of the Plano ISD 2016 MLK Art Contest and to winners of the 2016 Diversity Leadership Awards.

Dr. Myrtle Hightower, longtime chair of the Plano ISD MLK Tribute Planning Committee and former Plano ISD school counselor, is leading a group of staff and community members in preparing for the community event.

Plano ISD’s MLK Tribute is among several community activities planned honoring Dr. King’s birthday. See below for these free events. 

Saturday, January 16

  • 8 a.m. Power Leadership Breakfast: The annual breakfast, co-chaired by Evelyn McKnight and Adrian Rodriguez, features a special MLK tribute by college students. It is hosted by the Collin College Board of Trustees and district President Dr. Neil Matkin at the Collin College Living Legend Conference Center Spring Creek Campus where MLK Unity Scholarships will be awarded.
    2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, Texas
    Information Contact: Evelyn McKnight
  • 11 a.m. Business and Information Fair: Visit with over 25 vendors from various businesses, health and education fields at the Collin College Atrium.
    2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, Texas
    Information contact: Terri Thomas

Sunday, January 17

  • 6 p.m. All-Community Choir Event: Enjoy a musical tribute, hosted by Chase Oaks Church. The public is invited to join the choir. Rehearsal starts promptly at 2:30 p.m. Dinner for choir participants is sponsored by the Plano Community Forum, and served at 5 p.m.
    281 Legacy Dr., Plano, Texas
    Information contact: Trish Patterson

Monday, January 18

  • 10 a.m. Community Unity Walk: “Together We Are the Village”: Assembly begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Dart Rail Parker Road Station, North Parking Lot. The walk will conclude at the City of Plano Municipal Building.
    Dart Rail Parker Road Station – 2600 Archerwood St.
    City of Plano Municipal Building – 1520 K Ave., Plano, Texas
    Information contact: Linda James


When: Thursday, January 21 6:30–8:15 p.m.

Where: Williams High School, 1717 17th St., Plano, Texas

Cost: Free

Colbea Smith

Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most...