MLK Day Events in the community


Events are occurring this month in reverence to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If you are looking for a way to honor King’s legacy, the following events may be of interest.

The Office of Campus Life  at UALR is sponsoring its annual Martin Luther King Jr. week starting Monday, Jan. 20, with “A Day of Service” to honor and reflect upon Dr. King’s legacy.

Monday, Jan. 20 – A Day of Service
The MLK Day of Service will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at various sites in Little Rock including the United Cerebral Palsy, Salvation Army, and Our House. Students will earn volunteer service hours while working on projects for each agency. They will receive a hoodie after completing their projects. Students may sign up in the Office of Campus Life.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Diversity Scholarship Workshop
Donaghey Student Center, Ledbetter Room A, 11 a.m.

A workshop will be presented to help underrepresented students apply for scholarships. Students are reminded that the deadline for most general private scholarships is March 1. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Life’s Diversity Programs, Non-Traditional Student Programs, and UALR Private Scholarships.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Thursday, Jan. 23 – Blue Jean Drive
Donaghey Student Center Solicitation Area, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students may donate a pair of jeans and receive a free hoodie. Jeans will be donated to Our House shelter for the working homeless.

For more information on MLK Week or to volunteer contact Kara M. Brown at or 501.569.3308.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
MLK Challenge
Jan. 20, 2014 – 9:00am – 3:00pm

The MLK Challenge is a service program designed to engage youth in the role of servant leadership with a full day of service projects that challenge them mentally and socially. Participants between 12 and 18 years old will work at sites across the city.

For more information, go to MLK Challenge 2014.

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
Celebration of Worship – Youth Empowerment Summit
Sunday, Jan. 19 – 5 p.m.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission will acknowledge this historical day with a “Celebration of Worship – Youth Empowerment Summit.” This is a celebration where churches from different backgrounds gather in celebration of King’s legacy. The purpose of the celebration is to help guide all generations and races to achieve his dreams of understanding and acceptance of nonviolence and human equality as a way of building common unity among all Arkansans.

The summit will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at St. James United Methodist Church, 900 University Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71601. The featured special guest keynote speaker, Kel Mitchell, from the television show “Keenan and Kel” and the movie “Good Burger.”

MLK Community Empowerment Summit & Carnival
Monday, Jan. 20 – 2 p.m.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the City of Jacksonville will host the MLK Community Empowerment Summit & Carnival at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Boys and Girls Club located at 1 Boys Club Drive, Jacksonville, AR 72076.

The focus of the free and public event is to engage volunteers in a citywide cleanup while providing job counseling, homeowner’s information, education resources, and engaging activities for the youth.

A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off
Monday, Jan. 20 – 11 a.m.

On Monday, January 20, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will hold the “Celebratory Component” of “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” at 11:00 AM at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, which is located at One Convention Center Plaza, Pine Bluff, AR 71601. The featured guest keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nephew, Mr. Isaac Farris.

Immediately following the speaker, the “Service Component” of “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” will be held to feed the homeless. In addition, other worthwhile service activities will be provided such as health screenings, job counseling, and hygiene kits.

For more information about AMLKC events, go to their Facebook page.

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