Realizing the Dream is a yearlong celebration including a legacy banquet, concert, performing arts event, distinguished lecture series and essay and art contest. These events are designed to affirm and keep alive Dr. King's legacy among the people of Alabama.

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Clarence Page

Legacy Banquet Speaker
Friday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center
The University of Alabama

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Jason Nelson

Concert Artist
Sunday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Moody Music Hall
The University of Alabama

Legacy Banquet

The Realizing the Dream annual Legacy Banquet spotlights individuals whose work honors Dr. King's ideals of promoting social justice, peace and equality.

Dream Concert

Since 1990, the Realizing the Dream Concert has welcomed well-known authors, actors and singers to the stage of The University of Alabama's Moody Music Hall.

Essay & Art Competition

The Realizing the Dream Committee sponsors an annual essay and art contest for students in grades 6–12 around a theme that changes each year.

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Realizing the Dream Distinguished Lecture Series showcases diverse perspectives on topics of injustice, human equality and social justice.

Performing Arts Series

The Performing Arts component of Realizing the Dream includes a variety of performances, including storytellers, readings and lectures, and jazz.

Realizing the Dream is made possible through the coordinated efforts of Shelton State Community College, Stillman University, The University of Alabama, and The Tuscaloosa SCLC.