Programs

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 has implemented a program that is designed to promote and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This annual event, “A Day of Service”, 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 King’s nephew), Erick Braeden (Y & R’s Victor Newman),  as well as entertainers across the state have come to help celebrate Dr King’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.

Annual Commemorative Vigil Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King

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. 

Coretta Scott King Women's Conference

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.

Dreamkeepers Program

Dreamkeepers Program

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.

L.E.A.D.

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 “mentoring”, 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:

• To develop and enhance a sense of student identity, and self-esteem.

• To become effectively integrated into the school, to articulate why they should care about finishing school

at all.

• To articulate a sense of purpose about pursuing their particular program of study; and

• 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

MLK Birthday Bash  

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.

Nonviolence Youth Summit

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.