Programs

2019 A DAY OF SERVICE MEGA KINGFEST WELCOMES MELVIN WILLIAMS OF THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS

2019 A DAY OF SERVICE MEGA KINGFEST WELCOMES MELVIN WILLIAMS OF THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission welcomes Melvin Williams of the Williams Brothers to the largest observance in the nation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Day of Service MEGA KINGFEST. He will perform a free concert on King Holiday, January 21, 2019, 3:00 PM, Philander Smith College Gymnasium*Vendor Showcase *Car Show *Band Showcase * Free Food *Health and Wellness Screenings *Coat Drive * Employment Services

For more information, contact DuShun Scarbrough at 888-290-KING amlkc.eventbrite.com

2019 HOPE AND FURY BUS TOUR

2019 HOPE AND FURY BUS TOUR

****************************************THIS EVENT IS BOOKED UP THERE ARE NO SEATS

2019 Hope and Fury Bus Tour,  Monday January 21, 2019 ALL SEATS HAVE BEEN RESERVED THERE ARE NO REMAINING SEATS FOR THIS EVENT  In partnership with the Arkansas Black Legislative Caucus, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a guided bus tour of structures and homes with historical significance to African-American History in Arkansas.  9:00-10:00AM Check in and pick-up at Philander Smith College Little Rock, Arkansas 72202  

For more information, contact DuShun Scarbrough at 888-290-KING amlkc.eventbrite.com

2019 HOPE AND FURY RE-ENACTMENT -

2019 HOPE AND FURY RE-ENACTMENT -"HONORING THE KING LEGACY THROUGH THE ARTS"

The Hope and Fury Live Re-Enactment performance will tell the true stories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the heroes and sheroes of the Civil Rights movement. Through the live re-enactment, youth have the opportunity to make connections with history and learn about the accomplishments of great African-Americans. The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will also award twelve AR529 Savings Plan to assist youth with the college education goals. The Commission will also recognize teachers at Booker Arts Magnet School.

For more information, contact DuShun Scarbrough at 888-290-KING amlkc.eventbrite.com

2019 MEGA KINGFEST WELCOMES ZAE HD&CEO

2019 MEGA KINGFEST WELCOMES ZAE HD&CEO

Celebrating twenty-five years of excellence and service, part of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s purpose as a state agency of Arkansas is to develop, coordinate, and advise the Governor and General Assembly throughout the state and throughout the year of public community outreach activities relating to the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his noble tenets.

Throughout his years of social leadership, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged all people to address pressing social ills through citizen service.  As he once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”  (Excerpted from “The Drum Major Instinct”, a sermon by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968 Available in A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission welcomes ZAE HD & CEO to the largest observance in the nation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Day of Service MEGA KINGFEST. He will perform a free concert on King Holiday, January 21, 2019, 3:00 PM, Philander Smith College Gymnasium*Vendor Showcase *Car Show *Band Showcase * Free Food *Health and Wellness Screenings *Coat Drive * Employment Services

For more information, contact DuShun Scarbrough at 888-290-KING amlkc.eventbrite.com

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. 

Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is a “must attend” FREE event for King Holiday. The event attracts hundreds of attendees including city officials, area clergy, dignitaries and prominent inter-faith, business and community leaders. “Dr. King was a great influence on so many in the interfaith community during his lifetime and even to this day. He was able to intersect in the civil rights movement community leaders, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, and they all came together, sang together and marched together,” says DuShun Scarbrough, Executive Director of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. Hundreds gather for breakfast, fellow-ship and to hear words of compassion, hope, and action inspired by Dr. King. 

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Strategic Efficiency Plan

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Strategic Efficiency Plan

MISSION:

Promoting understanding and acceptance of nonviolence and human equality as a way of building community among all Arkansans in an effort to ensure that those involved acquire an enhanced knowledge of the noble tenets and morals of other races and cultures that co-exist within the state's borders.    

VISION:

Reach Arkansans with programs that stimulate their cultural awareness through performance arts, community service, public outreach, educational encouragement, and other self-enriching activities alike

CORE VALUES:

Commitment to the following:
•    Leadership
•    Education
•    Awareness
•    Advocacy
•    Nonviolence    
GOAL 1: ENCOURAGE THE DE-ESCALATION OF CRIME WITHIN YOUTH IN PROBLEMATIC AREAS IN ARKANSAS THROUGH APPROPRIATE ACTIVITIES

Measurable Objective: Reach 1-5% of Arkansans between the ages 9 and 25 in a 2-year period

Strategy 1: Encourage neighborhood/community ownership

Strategy 2: Organize a forum to solicit input from the community in response to the recent violence

Strategy 3: Promote racial harmony, principles of nonviolence, peace, social justices, and empowerment through youth training and programs

Strategy 4: Spread awareness through presentations, conflict resolution, team building, and life examples at events planned by the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission

Strategy 5: Support community parenting to increase accountability

GOAL 2: ADVOCATE AND ENCOURAGE THE USE OF HELPFUL RESOURCES, SUCH AS JOB TRAINING, CLOTHING/FOOD DONATIONS, SHELTER, HEALTH, AND TRANSPORTATION

Measurable Objective: Reach 1-5% of Arkansans in problematic areas between the ages of 13 and 40 in a 2-year span

Strategy 1: Host Resource Fair: Find and invite career readiness organizations to set up booths at resource fairs and provide information for the public about the resources they offer

Strategy 2: Present resourceful organizations at events planned by the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. commission

GOAL 3: PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

Measurable Objective: Reach 1-5% of individuals between the ages of 9 and 25 in problematic areas of Arkansas

Strategy 1: Partner with Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Corrections, and Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Strategy 2: Find and invite tutoring programs, whom will provide information on what they offer, request student attendance/participation, as well as using schools for possible venues

GOAL 4: CONDUCT ASSESSMENTS/SURVEYS WITH PROJECT ATTENDEES TO UNDERSTAND PARTICULAR NEED

Measurable Objective: Achieve 100% feedback, with at least 75% of it positive

Strategy 1: Agency will use data from assessments/surveys to determine success of ongoing projects as well as potential projects to implement through collaboration with community organizations to ensure that subsequent projects are developed

Strategy 2: Engage volunteer corps in conducting assessments/surveys with targeted participants during projects

Strategy 3: Volunteer corps will collect and compile assessments/surveys upon successful completion

APPENDIX:  ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is a state agency empowered to serve all Arkansans.  It was created in 1993 by Act 1216 of the Arkansas General Assembly to promote the legacy and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the State of Arkansas and abroad.  The Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission works closely with the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia and other social service entities alike.

Key stakeholders include Commissioners, Commissioner Staff, Partners in Education, Several Federal Agencies, Many State Agencies/Boards/Commissions, Many County/City/Other Local Entities, Sponsors, Donors, Volunteers

The Commission is under the direction of Mr. DuShun Scarbrough – Executive Director includes the following Commissioners:

1.    Chairperson Sharon Ingram (Governor Appointee) At-Large

2.    Dr. Kermit Parks (President Pro Tempore Appointee) At-Large

3.    Mr. Andy S. Montgomery (Governor Appointee) District 1

4.    Mr. Demondrae Cook    (Speaker of the House Appointee) At-Large

5.    Mr. Derek Scott (Governor Appointee) District 3

6.    Mr. DeWitt H. Smith, III (President Pro Tempore Appointee) At-Large

7.    Mrs. Neesa Bishop (Speaker of the House Appointee) District 3

Coretta Scott King Reading Initiative in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and RISE

Coretta Scott King Reading Initiative in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and RISE

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will remember the King legacy through literacy. The Coretta Scott King Literacy Initiative is an amazing opportunity for the community to come together, to help encourage children to read. Volunteers will read and discuss selected grade-level texts and books from the Coretta Scott King reading list to elementary school students across the state.

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

Empowerment Symposium

Empowerment Symposium

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission teamed up with the State NAACP, Arkansas Fair Housing, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and the Urban League to form a historic partnership to host a much-needed Round Table discussion on race relations and Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence with community leaders. 

Funding the Dream Youth Oratorical Contest

Funding the Dream Youth Oratorical Contest

Arkansas students inspired by the lessons and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presented original speeches on his teachings during the First Annual MLK Oratorical Contest. The contest was open to elementary school youth from 3rd to 5th grade. Young speakers were judged on performance, originality, and composition. The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission joined forces with AR529 and the State Treasurer’s Office to award College Savings Plans to four contest winners. The AR529 GIFT Plan is a college tuition savings program sponsored by the State of Arkansas and administered by the Arkansas Section 529 Plan Review Committee. 

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.

National Documentary Screening of NBC and Comcasts

National Documentary Screening of NBC and Comcasts

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FREE!

2019 Hope and Fury National Documentary Screening and Luncheon,

11:00 AM, Philander Smith College, M.L. Harris Auditorium Lobby

Movie screening begins at 12:00 PM

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission in partnership with NBC and Comcast Universal, will host a VIP Meet and Greet with NBC Executives and national screening in Arkansas of the highly acclaimed documentary that chronicles the media’s impact on the Civil Rights movement.  "Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media" is a gripping account of American history told like never before by an all-star lineup of civil rights leaders, pioneering African-American reporters who chronicled the movement as well as journalists from across generations. The film offers a fresh look at the historic civil rights movement and combines first-hand personal recollections with rare, archival footage and photographs - some of which will be shown to audiences for the first time.

 

From the murder of Emmett Till, Little Rock and Selma to modern-day events in Charlottesville and Ferguson, the film navigates the struggles of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and draws a straight line to a new generation of activists. The documentary shows how protesters using social media today employ the same strategies as Dr. King and movement leaders when stark images of brutality moved a nation and made history. The film is narrated by Lester Holt, anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt." 

 

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.

THE ARKANSAS MLK COMMISSION WELCOMES R&B LEGEND, ANGELA WINBUSH

THE ARKANSAS MLK COMMISSION WELCOMES R&B LEGEND, ANGELA WINBUSH

Celebrating twenty-five years of excellence and service, part of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s purpose as a state agency of Arkansas is to develop, coordinate, and advise the Governor and General Assembly throughout the state and throughout the year of public community outreach activities relating to the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his noble tenets.

Throughout his years of social leadership, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged all people to address pressing social ills through citizen service.  As he once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”  (Excerpted from “The Drum Major Instinct”, a sermon by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968 Available in A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission welcomes Angela Winbush to the largest observance in the nation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Day of Service MEGA KINGFEST. He will perform a free concert on King Holiday, January 21, 2019, 3:00 PM, Philander Smith College Gymnasium*Vendor Showcase *Car Show *Band Showcase * Free Food *Health and Wellness Screenings *Coat Drive * Employment Services

For more information, contact DuShun Scarbrough at 888-290-KING amlkc.eventbrite.com