24May 17
Conversations on Racial and Ethnic Harmony

Conversations on Racial and Ethnic Harmony

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission along with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arkansas Humanities Council, and the Federal Bureau Investigation (F.B.I.) Little Rock Field Office will host “Conversations on Racial and Ethnic Harmony,” May 24, 2017, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901. Our theme will be Passing the Torch: Building Relationships between Law Enforcement Officials and the Community.” This free community event will serve as an outlet to promote the importance of education, law enforcement interaction, community involvement, collaborative efforts, history, and conversations on racial and ethnic harmony within the state.  

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.

 

14May 17
Nonviolence Youth Summit XXI: Coretta Scott King Community Celebration Honoring Mothers Cake and Pie Bake Off Contest Rules

Nonviolence Youth Summit XXI: Coretta Scott King Community Celebration Honoring Mothers Cake and Pie Bake Off Contest Rules

Rules Each participant may enter only one pie and/or cake if wishes to do so but no multiples for each category It is requested that all entries are placed in a disposable pan. AMLKC is not responsible for lost or stolen baking dishes prior to or during contest. All entries must be checked in between 3:00 PM and 3:45 PM. Contestant will then receive a number and label to place on their entry pan. You may provide copies of recipes to be distributed on table if you wish, but it is not required. All contestants must be present to win. Judging will begin at 4:00 PM and awards will be at 4:30 PM. If judging takes longer than an hour, awards will immediately follow.

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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