The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has implemented a program that is designed to promote and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual event, â€œA Day of Serviceâ€, targets homeless individuals and others who may not have certain resources available to them. Speakers such as Martin Luther King III and Isaac Farris (Dr Kingâ€™s nephew), Erick Braeden (Y & Râ€™s Victor Newman), as well as entertainers across the state have come to help celebrate Dr Kingâ€™s life and motivate other to do the same. These events are always free and open to the public and we encourage the community to participate in various service projects throughout the day.
A Day of Service: A Day On, Not A Day Off
Annual Commemorative Vigil Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman and civil rights leader who was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday April 4, 1968, at the age of 39; King was a prominent leader of the civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was known for his use of civil disobedience and non-violence. Each year the Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission hosts a commemorative vigil honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
PREPARING TODAY‘S WORKFORCE FOR TOMORROW’S CAREERS
Education and workforce development opportunities are critical to a strong economy. To aid in meeting these demands, ADWS will continue to collaborate with its partners and work closely with employers and jobseekers to develop initiatives and offer effective programs and services to enrich the economic growth of Arkansas. Together, we are preparing today’s workforce for tomorrow’s careers.
Coretta Scott King Women's Conference
In the spirit of Dr. King, and to honor his right hand and beloved wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will hosts an Annual Coretta Scott King Women’s Conference. The annual women’s conference is held at correctional facilities throughout the state.
Life's most persistent question, Dr. King said, is "What are you doing for others?"
We are determined to effectively assist our youth and help them to see the importance of being a leader and giving their time, talent and experience back to the community. By carrying out this portion of our mission on a large scale via the Dream keepers Program, we have set in motion a new ethic of services to others. This team performs local area service projects where they learn the gratification of helping others and where others learn that there are still young people with the desire to serve.
The Dream Keepers Program will immediately address the specific issues that serve as a hindrance to Arkansas’ progress and the progress of our youth, the lack of understanding of Dr. King’s Message of Service.
Unfortunately, many individuals who are willing and able to serve have not found the proper vehicle through which to offer their services. The King Commission officially launched the Dream Keeper’s Program, which is designed to form teams of young people who will commit themselves to community service. By involving young people in the Commission’s work, the Commission has been dispelling the negative attitude toward our youth. Dream Keeper’s involvement helps youth make choices that will have a positive impact on their lives and their communities.
The Dream Keepers are organized with the following commitments to community service:
- Hold non-violence workshops and forums
- Organize a nonviolence pledge card signing campaign
- In support of people who are victims of crime
- Assist and promote with literacy programs
- Visit the elderly, sick, and/ or shut-in
- Help feed the hungry and shelter the homeless
- Work to eliminate racism and other prejudices
- Volunteer to serve in hospitals and health care facilities
- Clean up a neighborhood or park
- Tutor grade school and high school students
- Work with physically challenged individuals
- Assist with voter registration
L.E.A.D. Apprenticeship and Dreamkeepers
L.E.A.D. is a mentorship and leadership program designed to enhance our youth through- SOCIAL, ACADEMIC AND CAREER MENTORSHIP. The term â€œmentoringâ€, refers to a supportive relationship that is characterized byconstructive role modeling, encouragement towards raised aspirations, and a positive reinforcement of the achievement of goals. L.E.A.D. is an essential program that reaches out to a wide variety of communities for purposes of gathering youth from different walks of life. Within this group of youth, we introduce the six principles of non-violence from the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program aims towards diversity; through group discussions, workshops and special presentations/speeches; we address the needs of the youth, which include:
â€¢ To develop and enhance a sense of student identity, and self-esteem.
â€¢ To become effectively integrated into the school, to articulate why they should care about finishing school
â€¢ To articulate a sense of purpose about pursuing their particular program of study; and
â€¢ To acquire the necessary skills to become independent, and lifelong learners.
We assist our youth and help them to see the importance of being a leader and giving their time, talent and experience back to the community. Therefore as this time, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission would like to extend an invitation to you in order that you might make a decision to participate, to help reach out to youth of Arkansas and their communities while ensuring the success of the L.E.A.D. program.
MLK Birthday Bash
MLK Birthday Bash
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission (AMLKC), partners with area schools and volunteer organizations to host commemorative events during "King Week" to teach youth about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nonviolence Youth Summit
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission (AMLKC), with the assistance of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), has implemented a program that is designed to encourage youth ages 10 to 18 to engage in positive leadership development and roles within their communities. These summits educate the youth of Arkansas on professional development, leadership, Arkansas history, crime prevention, and so much more. The AMLKC’s mission with these summits is to teach and reach youth in all regions of the state. These summits are always free and open to all with free lunch and other giveaways provided to those that attend. The AMLKC with the support and aid of DHS has had great success in holding Nonviolence Youth Summits, which have each garnered the attendance of hundreds of youth.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services
The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) is in charge of maintaining social services for Arkansas by providing assistance to families and monitoring/inspecting health facilities.
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission
MISSION, VISION & GOALS
The mission of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is to assure all minority Arkansans equitable access to preventive health care and to seek ways to promote health and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations.
The Commission supports its mission through:
- Studying issues relating to the delivery of and access to health services for minorities in Arkansas;
- Identifying any gaps in the health service delivery system that particularly affect minorities;
- Making recommendations to relevant agencies and to the legislature for improving the delivery and access to health services for minorities; and
- Studying and making recommendations as to whether adequate services are available to ensure future minority health needs will be met.
The AMHC’s vision is that minority Arkansans have equal opportunity and access to health, health care and preventive well care.
Our goal is to be a catalyst in bridging the gap in the health status of the minority population and that of the majority population in Arkansas. To accomplish this, the commission focuses on addressing existing disparities in minority communities, educating these communities on healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within our health care system, and making recommendations to relevant agencies, the Governor and to the state legislature.