DuShun Scarbrough – Executive Director
Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
DuShun L. Scarbrough, Sr. is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, who was educated in the Little Rock School District. At the young age of fifteen, Scarbrough began his community involvement in a youth speak-out conference entitled “Death of a Race”. Thereafter, he continued his zealous quest by participating in youth seminars and preventive programs. Reared by his grandmother and aunts, it was instilled in him that he could achieve anything if he kept God first. After graduating from high school he went on to acquire a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Philander Smith College. During his studies at Philander Smith College, he was a recipient of the JTPA Scholarship. Eager to acquire an astute blend of practical and theoretical skills, Scarbrough left Little Rock in 1999 to further his edification, desiring to someday return to Little Rock and continue serving his community.
Scarbrough currently holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Webster University in Orlando, Florida and a Master of Counselor Education Degree from Florida A&M University. He holds a J.D., Juris Doctorate Law Degree from Western Michigan University School of Law. He is also a Class of 2011 recipient of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Driving Government Performance and a Class of 2014 recipient of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Leaders of the 21st Century Certification. He was also a member of the Delta Regional Authority Leadership class of 2013.
Scarbrough’s goal as Executive Director is to cooperatively, keep Commissioners informed of staff progress and community unification, in accordance with the views of the Governor of Arkansas. Scarbrough believes in the organization’s mission and vision of promoting racial harmony, multicultural diversity, and social justice for the improvement and equality of all Arkansans. Scarbrough’s personal vision for the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is for Arkansans of all ethnic groups and economic levels to unite and work together on various issues of the community. “With the help and support of Arkansas businesses and residents, we can serve as agents of change. We need not only utilize Dr. King’s tenants but also teach his legacy. We must solidify our youth’s intellectualism, and elevate our effectiveness as parents, educators, and role models. We, as the community, must impart knowledge of nonviolence and racial harmony to our new generation so that they are equipped to forever promote the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
In April of 2014, Mr. Scarbrough initiated and garnered the participation of Arkansans to assist in healing race relations in Harrison, Arkansas, a nationally renowned city that carries the stigma of racism and the national headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan. While in Harrison, Mr. Scarbrough hosted a peace march, unity concert, and a mock funeral to bury hatred and racism.
In January, Gannett affiliate “Today’s THV” announced that the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission hosted the largest day of service in the nation at the Benton Event Center. 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.
Under Mr. Scarbrough’s leadership, The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission proudly announced Arkansas’ first commemorative license plate dedicated to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The commemorative license plate is available at local revenue offices throughout the state of Arkansas. Arkansas is one of five states in the nation that now offers a license plate commemorating the legacy of Dr. King.
On Sunday, March 8, 2015, Mr. Scarbrough joined thousands who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the historic “Bloody Sunday” march as marchers set out to march from Selma to capital City Montgomery, Alabama to convince Governor George Wallace to consider extending voting rights to African-Americans.
The Arkansas State Employees Association recognized Mr. Scarbrough as one of five finalists in the coveted Arkansas State Employee of the Year Award in August 2015 for his tenure, hard work, and diligence in serving the great people of Arkansas.
In light of the recent tension between law enforcement and civilians in the summer of 2016, Mr. Scarbrough decided to take a positive, proactive approach to encouraging community engagement and dialogue. “As an agency dedicated to promoting the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we along with so many others have been shaken by the recent tragedies that have rocked our country. Mr. Scarbrough crafted public service announcements and initiatives that the Commission will undertake to move forward towards community involvement, healing, and mutual understanding. The purpose of the public service announcements were to show that as a community we must stand together with our law enforcement officials and that there can be positive interaction between the two. Mr. Scarbrough strongly believes in Dr. King’s teachings “What affects one directly, affects us all indirectly and Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?"
Mr. Scarbrough is married to Angela Scarbrough and the couple shares three children DuShun Scarbrough, Jr., Kennedy Scarbrough, and Braxton Scarbrough.
Special Awards and Acknowledgements
2012, 2014, Nominee, 2015, Finalist, Arkansas State Employee of the Year
2017 Silent Hero Finalist, National Award for Government Employees
National Drum Major for Leadership Award, United States Department of Education