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2019 Arkansas Martin Luther King Day Celebrations


This Monday, January 21, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the Natural State. It’s not just a day off, either. It’s, more importantly, a way to reconnect with our communities, to think about equality and peace, and to remember Dr. King’s legacy. Here are some events to check out.

2019 King Holiday Mega Kingfest (Little Rock)

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host monumental events Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, King Holiday, commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Venue:  Philander Smith College
Date: Jan. 21
Time: 3 p.m.- 6 p.m.
More Information: Click Here


2019 Annual MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast (Little Rock)

The 2019 Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will take place on Jan. 21. Doors open to the public at 6:30 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Honorable State Representative Jamie Scott. Award-winning gospel artist Melvin Williams will also perform live. Tickets are required for this event, so click below to secure yours.

Venue: Saint Mark Baptist Church
Date; Jan. 21
Time: 7 a.m.- 8 a.m.
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23rd Annual Recommitment Banquet (Fayetteville)

The Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council will be commemorating his life, legacy and commitment to the dream with the annual Recommitment Banquet. Tickets are required for this event.

Venue: 15 W Mountain Street
Date: Jan. 21
Time: 7 p.m.
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MLK Unity Celebration (Fayetteville)

The MLK Unity Celebration will be held on Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Springdale. You can meet at Luther George Grove Street Park before 11:30 and march down Emma Street to the Springdale High School Studio Theatre for the Unity celebration. Food will be provided.

Venue: Springdale (Luter George Grove Street Park)
Date: Jan. 21
Time: 11:15 a.m.
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MLK Remembrance Ceremony (Bentonville)

The Bentonville Interfaith Association invites all members of the community to remember and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants will view a digitally remastered version of the “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by a brief presentation on the significance of this speech for today. To conclude this time of remembrance, prayers from various religious traditions will be offered and a community art project will be completed.

Children and young people are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Venue: Bentonville Community Church of the Nazarene
Date: Jan. 21
Time: Noon
More Information: Click Here



2019 Martin Luther King Jr Parade (Fort Smith)

Everyone is invited out to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream in Downtown Fort Smith. Over 50 organizations will participate. The parade begins at Garrison and 7th Street and continues down Garrison to Immaculate Conception church.

Venue: Downtown Fort Smith
Date: Jan. 21
Time: 11:30 a.m.
More Information: Click Here


MLK Challenge (Little Rock)

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center  (MTCC) is challenging YOU to honor Dr. Martin Luther King on Jan. 21, 2019, through participation in a day of service. Kids and teens ages 12-18 are encouraged to sign up and participate in this half day of service. Volunteers will be divided into service groups, each with a group leader, and transported from MTCC to service sites. Volunteer duties will vary by site. Activities start at 8:30 a.m. at MTCC, and volunteers will return for lunch and discussion, to be completed by 3 p.m.

Venue: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Date: Jan. 21
Time: 8:30 a.m.
More Information: Click Here or Call 501-683-3592


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil (Fayetteville)

The Associated Student Government and the Black Students Association at the University of Arkansas invite the campus and community to celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the annual vigil at noon on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 in the Arkansas Union Verizon Ballroom, on the fifth floor of the Arkansas Union. The vigil will occur at the end of the annual march. The vigil is free and open to the public. There will be a coffee bar for those in attendance. This year’s vigil will include remarks from multiple speakers as well as a performance by the Inspirational Chorale. The speakers at the 2019 vigil include a keynote address by Mrs. Angela Mosley Monts, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and President of the Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council. Members of the student body will also speak at the vigil.

Venue: Arkansas Union 435 N. Garland Ave
Date: Jan. 21
Time: Noon
More Information: Click Here


2019 MLK DAY Breakfast (Fort Smith)

The University of Arkansas Fort Smith has been the host location for the community breakfast for the past several years. This community forum has featured community leaders and youth leaders in a panel discussion format.

Venue: UAFS Reynolds Room
Date: Jan. 21
Time: 7:30 a.m.
More Information: Click Here

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