Martin Luther King Holiday Events Around Arkansas

Dear Democrats,

The Martin Luther King holiday is Monday, January 18, 2016. There are many holiday related events throughout the weekend, and on Monday. Below is a list of some of those events. If you know of an event that is not listed, please email me ( with the information.

Participating in an MLK celebration or parade? Email photos of your event to so they can be included in the Party’s monthly newsletter.

Have a great MLK Day!

Warmest Regards,

Emily Kearns

Minority Outreach Coordinator

Democratic Party of Arkansas

(501) 374-2361




1/18 Southern Arkansas University’s 21st Annual MLK Day Memorial March and Ceremony celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 The march will begin at the former Miller’s Cafeteria parking lot on Vine Street at 5 p.m., and will proceed down University Street to the SAU Reynolds Center. The ceremony will begin around 5:30 p.m. in Foundation Hall. The community is encouraged to participate in the march and attend the ceremony.

For more info: (870) 235-4000



1/17 The Dumas Salute and Luncheon celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, January 17 Beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Dumas Community Center. Program includes: theatre, spoken word, dance and a keynote address. All are welcome to attend, limit of two tickets per person. For more info:



1/18 The Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Council presents “Celebrating our Past, Recommitting to his Dream”.  Featuring Keynote Speaker Sam’s Club CEO, Rosalind Brewer. In addition, the MLK Scholarships will be awarded and the 2016 Salute to Greatness honorees will be recognized for outstanding community service. Event takes place at 15 West Mountain ~ Fayetteville, AR, 7:00 p.m. This is a Ticketed event. For more info: Angela Monts (479) 409-1139


El Dorado

1/17 The Annual El Dorado MLK Parade celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, January 17 Beginning at 2:30 p.m. For more info: Wanda James 881-9005 863-6502

Fort Smith


1/19 The Fort Smith MLK Breakfast and March A breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, and it is free and open to the public. Following breakfast, community members can participate in a morning of events, including educational sessions provided by UAFS faculty and representatives from the MLK Community Association. A symbolic march will begin at approximately 9:45 a.m. and move from the Campus Center to the Bell Tower, where a brief ceremony will take place. For more info: Susan Devero, events coordinator, at 479-788-7529



1/17 MLK Interfaith Service Featuring keynote speaker Rev. Artee Williams pastor Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church.  The service will be held 3pm Sunday 1/17 at Mt Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. For more info: (501) 354-5140



A 3-day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held in Monticello on Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18.The traditional MLK march and breakfast will kick off the celebration Saturday morning at 8 a.m. when participants march from the Monticello town square to Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church for breakfast and a program. Breakfast is free for youth participating in the march. The breakfast cost for adults is $5.On Sunday, January 17 at 5 p.m. there will be a MLK Youth Explosion at Trinity Full Gospel, located at 638 South Edwards in Monticello.

The finale celebration will be held on Monday, January 18 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Full Gospel Church. For more information, call Brenda Binns at 870-723-0661 or contact Drew County NAACP President Tommy Daniels.


The following is a list of some of the great MLK day events happening in the Central Little Rock Area.

1/18 MARADE: MLK March/Parade: The 33rd Annual march/parade sponsored by the NAACP of Little Rock honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King 18. For more info: (501) 376-7399

1/18  CookOut and Fellowship with ADBC President Darell Stephens: An annual fun and festive cookout on Broadway after the MARADE. For more info:

1/18 “An Evening Embracing the Dream”:  A celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring key note speaker Cornell Williams Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP. All are welcome. For more info: (501) 374-8744

1/18 *Martin Luther King, Jr. Festivities in Downtown Hot Springs: A festive parade honoring Dr. King begins in downtown Hot Springs at 10 a.m. with programs to follow at the Hot Springs Convention Center inside Horner Hall. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 18. For info: (501) 762-6103HotSprings.orgFREE

1/18 *Mega Kingfest: A Day of Service-A Day On, Not A Day Off at UALR Jack Stephens Center: The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission hosts a five-part event in observance of the holiday.

  • An interfaith prayer breakfast begins at 7 a.m. with special guest Gov. Asa Hutchinson and keynote speaker Elder Jimmy Thompson of Lakeland, Florida. Seats must be reserved in advance by Jan. 6; contact DuShun Scarbrough at (501) 683-1300 for information.
  • The celebratory component of the event begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes keynote speakers, Mohandas Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi and “Young and the Restless” actor Eric Braeden.
  • birthday bash “celebrating the legacy of Dr. King through life, love and laughter” begins at 12:30 p.m. with a family-friendly comedy show by actor/comedian Marlon Wayans and cake!
  • Immediately following the birthday bash, the AMLKC hosts a Nonviolence Youth Summit.
  • Following the Summit, the service component of the event begins. Service programs include feeding the homeless, health screenings, job counseling, hygiene kits, free haircuts, and marriage/family counseling. Other community service projects are available; contact the commission to register. Attendees can also participate in an American Red Cross blood drive and collections for Coats for Kids and a shoe drive that welcomes gently-used coats and shoes for children.

Event hours 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18. For info: (501) 683-1300ARKingDream.orgFREE!

1/16*Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at Hot Springs Convention Center: The NAACP Unit 6013 sponsors a breakfast with speakers and time for reflection. The keynote speaker is Joyce Craft, who recently retired as the superintendent of the Hot Springs School District. Craft was the first female and first African American to serve in the position. The proceeds benefit a NAACP scholarship fund. $30 per ticket; $310 for table of 10. 8 a.m. Jan. 16. For info: (501) 624-6866.

1/15 *Film Screening: “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Arkansas” at Clinton School of Public Service: Originally aired on KATV-7 on January 19, 1987 as a 30-minute television special, this film is narrated by Arkansas native Deborah Mathis and includes Dr. King’s attendance at Ernest Green’s Little Rock Central High School graduation and his commencement address at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. Free; reservations required. Noon Jan. 15. For info: (501) 683-5239ClintonSchool.uasys.eduFREE!