The purpose of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is to:
Promote racial harmony; understanding; community service, respect and goodwill among all citizens
Promote principles of nonviolence
Promote awareness and appreciation of the Civil Rights movement and advocacy of the principles and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Develop, coordinate and advise the Governor and General Assembly of ceremonies and activities throughout the state relating to the observance of Dr. King's Holiday