2017 Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
2017 Interfaith Prayer Breakfast The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will kick off the highly anticipated MEGA KINGFEST with the 2017 Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at 7:00 AM at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 West 12th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204. The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is a “must attend” FREE event for King Holiday. The event attracts hundreds of attendees including city officials, area clergy, dignitaries and prominent interfaith, business and community leaders. “Dr. King was a great influence on so many in the interfaith community during his lifetime and even to this day. He was able to intersect in the civil rights movement community leaders, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, and they all came together, sang together and marched together,” says DuShun Scarbrough, Executive Director of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. Hundreds gather for breakfast, fellowship and to hear words of compassion, hope, and action inspired by Dr. King.
2017 A Day of Service MEGA KINGFEST
The 2017 MEGA KINGFEST festivities will commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Little Rock Central High School is recognized for the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the United States. Nine African-American students' persistence in attending the formerly all-white Central High School was the most prominent national example of the implementation of the May 17, 1954, Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. The 2017 "A Day of Service" MEGA KINGFEST will be one of many events to observe the milestone in American history. The King Holiday season will feature several events leading up to King Holiday. For the first time, the 2017 “A Day of Service” MEGA KINGFEST will be also be broadcast via live stream across the state courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Education. “We are excited about working with the Arkansas Department of Education and once again with Commissioner Johnny Key. As a state senator, he attended and participated in our programs in several of our programs for youth in Northwest Arkansas. Through our partnership with Arkansas Department of Education, technology will enable us to bring King Holiday to you, says DuShun Scarbrough, Executive Director.
When: King Holiday, Monday, January 16, 2017, Little Rock Central High School 1500 South Park Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202, 12:00 PM, Doors open to the public at 11:00 AM
Who Should Attend: Event is free and open to the public; volunteers, volunteer organizations are needed for community service projects.
Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission welcomes Slick Rick
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Announces King Holiday Legends Concert Series
Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, better known to the world as “Slick Rick”, is a Grammy-nominated, English-born performer and the most successful British-American rapper in music history who is known as Hip-Hop’s Greatest Storyteller. Originally, from London, the hip-hop veteran began his career in 1983 as a member of Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew, pioneering what is referred to as the “Golden Age of Hip- Hop. Music is not his only passion; recognizing the need for positive influences, he has devoted his time to mentoring youth on the dangers of violence. Additionally, Rick has collaborated with various organizations to raise awareness and funds for the issues impacting underserved communities. Celebrating more than three decades as a performer, Rick continues to give to his community and culture. He regularly visits schools and prisons, mentoring and providing life lessons to young people. After engaging and encouraging students in one Newark, NJ grade school for an entire day he remarked, “It felt great to share what I am passionate about – music and poetry.” In 2015, the Alpha Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity honored him at its “Living The Dream Luncheon,” which celebrates “leaders that, despite facing adversity, have continued to dedicate their time and resources to better their communities.”
2017 Empowerment Summit
MEGA KINGFEST – Arkansas’ Official Statewide King Holiday Activities are a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings for our beloved community. As the state’s leader in all matters related to Dr. King, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission provides public outreach opportunities for organizations and individuals to become engaged in activities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the federal holiday, where the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has been recognized for hosting the largest observance in the nation honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Retrieved fromhttp://www.thv11.com/story/news/local/benton-bryant/2015/01/19/largest-day-of-service-event-nationwide/22015879) and for making Little Rock, Arkansas the fourth most popular destination in the country for volunteerism during the King Holiday weekend.
To continue these national accomplishments, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will team up with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas NAACP, Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and the Urban League of Arkansas to form a historic partnership to host a much-needed Round Table discussion on race relations and Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence with community leaders. The Symposium will also feature a special presentation from former police officer Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee. In 2005, Collins, the then-Benton Harbor cop falsified reports to put McGee behind bars for four years for dealing drugs — a crime he didn’t commit. “Jameel McGee will tell the story of how he has forgiven Andrew Collins.
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host several King Holiday seasonal activities to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King and at this time, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission graciously requests your attendance for Friday, January 13, 2017, 6:00 PM at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West Ninth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will also host a King Holiday Legends Concert featuring R&B artist, Miki Howard. The Symposium and legends concert events are free and open to the public; however, RSVP is strongly encouraged due to limited seating, which is available on a first come/first serve basis once doors open to the public.
Free food provided.
If you have any questions before the event, please do not hesitate to contact the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and feel free to circulate the attached flier on social media and within your networks.
We thank you in advance for joining us in community outreach projects that will help this and the next generation achieve Dr. King’s dreams of understanding and the acceptance of nonviolence and human equality as a way of building common unity among all Arkansans. We thank you once again and look forward to your anticipated attendance. Moreover, as always, “It is a great day at the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission!”
2017 Funding The Dream King Oratorical Contest
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 8:30 AM-10:00 AM, Funding The Dream Oratorical Contest, Martin Luther King Interdistrict Magnet Elementary School Arkansas students inspired by the lessons and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will present original speeches on his teachings during the First Annual MLK Oratorical Contest. The contest is open to elementary school youth from 3rd to 5th grade. Young speakers will be judged on performance, originality and composition. The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is teaming up with AR529 and the State Treasurer’s Office to award College Savings Plans to four contest winners. The AR529 GIFT Plan is a college tuition savings program sponsored by the State of Arkansas and administered by the Arkansas Section 529 Plan Review Committee. Finals will take place in December. Winners will be announced at the 2017 MEGA KINGFEST on King Holiday, Monday, January 16, 2017, 12:00 PM, Little Rock Central High School.