01Sep 17
Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announces statewide pledge drive during the month of September to assist Texas flood victims

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announces statewide pledge drive during the month of September to assist Texas flood victims

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announces statewide pledge drive during the month of September to assist Texas flood victims

 

He that is greatest among you shall serve. Use it for human good.

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announces a pledge drive to assist neighbors in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The agency’s goal is to raise money to assist in recovery efforts and to aid displaced victims affected by widespread flooding and disaster.  “It’s a matter of neighbors helping neighbors, says DuShun Scarbrough, Executive Director.  We never know when we might need our neighbors. Dr. King challenged us to see the world as our neighborhood, in this regards, it is our responsibility to help our neighbors.  It will take some time to heal, rebuild the city and those lives impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Ironically, September is also National Emergency Preparedness Month, and as a state agency, we are asking Arkansans to assist in these efforts to aid our neighbors.  They need warm meals, clean clothes, water, toiletries, medicine; we want to do all that we can to assist them during this difficult time. No donation is too small.” Scarbrough along with members of the Commission and volunteers will later travel to Texas with twenty to thirty cases of water to donate and assist with volunteerism.

 

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will accept pledges from September 1 until September 30, 2017 at midnight via the following link www.crowdrise.com/AMLKC

14May 17
Nonviolence Youth Summit XXI: Coretta Scott King Community Celebration Honoring Mothers

Nonviolence Youth Summit XXI: Coretta Scott King Community Celebration Honoring Mothers

There are many advantages to partnerships in the community, especially in the area of community awareness.  As a state governmental entity that is legislatively mandated to promote the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the state of Arkansas, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, with the assistance of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, has implemented a program.  This program, known as “Nonviolence Youth Summits”, is designed to encourage youth ages 10 to 18 to engage in positive leadership development and roles within their communities.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host Nonviolence Youth Summit XI –Coretta Scott King Community Celebration Honoring Mothers on Sunday, May 14, 3:30 PM-6:30 PM, on the campus Shorter College, 604 Locust Street, North Little, Arkansas 72115. This free community event will pay tribute to Mrs. Coretta Scott King, mother of the Civil Rights Movement by honoring our matriarchs through the arts, spoken word and community service. The Shorter College gymnasium will serve as the rain location. 

These summits educate our youth on professional development, leadership, Arkansas history, crime prevention, and so much more.  The mission of the state’s Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission is to reach youth in all regions of the state.  The Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission has had great success in holding its past nineteen (19) Nonviolence Youth Summits, which have each garnered the attendance of hundreds of youth.  These summits have been held in the following areas throughout the state.

 

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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