15Jan 18
2018

2018 " A Day of Service" MEGA KINGFEST

Mark your calendar for the observance of the congressionally legislated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This United States holiday marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

“A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” is hosted by the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr.  Commission was recognized by the media as the largest observance in the nation honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Retrieved from http://www.thv11.com/story/news/local/benton-bryant/2015/01/19/largest-day-of-service-event-nationwide/22015879  and the fourth most popular destination in the country volunteerism during the King Holiday weekend).The Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission is pleased to announce the 2018 MEGA KINGFEST: “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” community outreach project, will take place at one o’clock on Monday, January 15, 2018,  North Little Rock High School Performing Arts Center, 101 W 22nd St, North Little Rock, AR 72114. The event is free and open to the public. 

15Jan 18
A Day of Service: A Day On, Not A Day Off MEGA KINGFEST

A Day of Service: A Day On, Not A Day Off MEGA KINGFEST

Mark your calendar for the observance of the congressionally legislated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This United States holiday marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is observed on the third Monday of January each year. “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” is hosted by the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr.  Commission was recognized by the media as the largest observance in the nation honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Retrieved from http://www.thv11.com/story/news/local/benton-bryant/2015/01/19/largest-day-of-service-event-nationwide/22015879  and the fourth most popular destination in the country volunteerism during the King Holiday weekend).

The Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission is pleased to announce the 2018 MEGA KINGFEST: “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” community outreach project, will take place at one o’clock on Monday, January 15, 2018,  North Little Rock High School Performing Arts Center, 101 W 22nd St, North Little Rock, AR 72114. The event is free and open to the public.

15Jan 18
A Day of Service: A Day On, Not A Day Off

A Day of Service: A Day On, Not A Day Off

Mark your calendar for the observance of the congressionally legislated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This United States holiday marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

“A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” is hosted by the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr.  Commission was recognized by the media as the largest observance in the nation honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Retrieved from http://www.thv11.com/story/news/local/benton-bryant/2015/01/19/largest-day-of-service-event-nationwide/22015879  and the fourth most popular destination in the country volunteerism during the King Holiday weekend).

The Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission is pleased to announce the 2018 MEGA KINGFEST: “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” community outreach project, will take place at one o’clock on Monday, January 15, 2018,  North Little Rock High School Performing Arts Center, 101 W 22nd St, North Little Rock, AR 72114. The Event is Free and open to the Public.

15Jan 18
A Day of Service: A Day On, Not A Day Off

A Day of Service: A Day On, Not A Day Off

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission works tirelessly to promote understanding and acceptance of nonviolence and human equality as a way of building community among all Arkansans.  As a state agency, the Commission has hosted programs in all areas of the state and assisted several towns like Harrison, Arkansas in rebranding their city’s image toward becoming a more welcoming town.  Service Components Provided on King Holiday.  Since the Commission’s restructuring in 2008, the Commission has developed a service-driven vision.  Each year the Commission hosts the official state King Holiday observance “A Day of Service, A Day On, Not A Day Off.”  The Day of Service has been coined the largest event in the nation honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Cheap Tickets, a national ticket outlet announced the Commission’s “A Day of Service” MEGA KINGFEST as the fourth largest destination in the country for volunteerism over the King Holiday weekend. Under the leadership of DuShun Scarbrough who serves as its Executive Director, the Commission has provided thousands of hours of volunteer opportunities for organizations and youth across the state. Throughout the year, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission travels the state providing volunteer opportunities through community service to underserved areas.  Below is a list of service projects hosted by the Commission year round as a state service agency.

14Jan 18

"Soul Food and Service" Tour of the Library of Mother Annie Abrams

The MEGA KINGFEST is the official state observance of the congressionally legislated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a United States holiday that marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and is observed on the third Monday of January each year.  The Day of Service, “A Day On, Not a Day Off!” is branded as the MEGA KINGFEST because the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s observance was recognized by the media as the largest observance in the nation honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the fourth most popular destination in the country for volunteerism during the King Holiday weekend.

 

The event is “MEGA” in scope because in addition to hosting a signature event here in Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission also hosts community outreach and services across the state to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who once said that “everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” In his mind, life’s greatest accomplishments were realized through helping others.

 

The Day of Service MEGA KINGFEST is an invitation statewide for Arkansans to get out and serve and sow into their respective communities. The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission hosts community cleanups, free public transportation through a partnership with Rock Region Metro, free haircuts, free food, and free services to the at-risk community like hygiene kits, coat drives, blood drives, preventative health screenings, and job counseling.

The MEGA KINGFEST is the official state observance of the congressionally legislated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a United States holiday that marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and is observed on the third Monday of January each year.  The Day of Service, “A Day On, Not a Day Off!” is branded as the MEGA KINGFEST because the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s observance was recognized by the media as the largest observance in the nation honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the fourth most popular destination in the country for volunteerism during the King Holiday weekend.

 

The event is “MEGA” in scope because in addition to hosting a signature event here in Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission also hosts community outreach and services across the state to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who once said that “everybody can be great because anybody can serve.” In his mind, life’s greatest accomplishments were realized through helping others. 

The Day of Service MEGA KINGFEST is an invitation statewide for Arkansans to get out and serve and sow into their respective communities. The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission hosts community cleanups, free public transportation through a partnership with Rock Region Metro, free haircuts, free food, and free services to the at-risk community like hygiene kits, coat drives, blood drives, preventative health screenings, and job counseling.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host several King Holiday seasonal events to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King.   The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission invites you to a special event at the home of Mother Annie Abrams.  Ms. Abrams is a world-renowned mentor, activist, historian, and archivist. The event will feature a free soul food dinner and tour of Ms. Abrams' personal library which houses thousands of programs, political and historical memorabilia.

24Jan 17
The Day of Service Hosted by The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Announced as Largest in the Nation

The Day of Service Hosted by The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Announced as Largest in the Nation

MLK Jr. Commission hosts largest 'Day of Service' event

Marielle Mohs, KTHV1:21 p.m. CST January 20, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas has a statistic to be proud of.  Monday's "Day of Service" event was the largest of its kind in the country.

Harrison high school students, Skyler Caldwell and Christian Gillies, attended the event.  They hope to find ways to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy alive in the future.

"It is great to look back on history and what he's done, but to really look forward and try to make our society a better place," said Gillies.  "Continuing on that dream that he had and capitalizing on what he did and better our own future as a society," said Caldwell.

Monday's event brought together state and city leaders and a variety of races and faiths to celebrate Dr. King's life.

"It's just an opportunity for people of all different background and beliefs to come together, and talk about what we have in common," said Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission made the event focus around volunteering, encouraging people to engage in their communities, not just today, but for the entire year

"It's a day on, not a day off.  Yes, it's a federal holiday and folks get the day off to go ahead from work and everything but we want folks to get out and do something for their communities," said commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough.

The commission chose Eric Braeden, an actor on the CBS soap opera "Young and the Restless," to be the keynote speaker.

"You know how do you get folks to feel inclusive?  You bring someone that has a civil rights tie you wouldn't have thought of, and use it as a platform to bring everyone out," said Scarbrough.

Braeden's speech focused around his experiences assimilating as an immigrant during the time of Dr. King.

"I see this from the perspective of someone who came from another country.  Age of 18, as an immigrant with nothing in my pocket, but that experience is nothing compared to that of an African American," said Braeden.

Braeden said he is hopeful for the future, with the momentum of positive work from events like this each year.

"Volunteering at a young age is great.  That is what I would like to bring back to our community.  If we can keep that moving on," said Gillies.

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