U of A, MLK Council Partner for MLK Legacy Events


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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The Northwest Arkansas MLK Council is working with the University of Arkansas and other organizations and companies in the area to host a series of events in honor of Dr. Host Martin Luther King Jr.

Unity-themed events include a food rally, memorial service, a virtual freedom march, and youth engagement programs.

List of events

Saturday 16th January

  • A Food Drive and Community Service project taking place in the pantry of the historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church on 115 S. Willow St., Fayetteville, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Volunteers can register with Alpha Phi Alpha. Donations will be accepted in St. James between now and January 22nd.

Sunday 17th January

  • Memorial service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:00 pm with Reginald K. Murdock, State Representative for Arkansas House District 48. The digital event is available on Zoom and is co-sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Brotherhood.

Monday 18th January

  • MLK Dream Keeper’s virtual youth breakfast and youth engagement program. Breakfast takes place at 8 a.m. and the digital event can be viewed via Zoom. The youth engagement program takes place at 9:30 a.m. Those interested can visit the NWA MLK website. The event is co-sponsored by UA Intramural Sports and Intercollegiate Athletes.
  • March of the virtual freedom of the MLK at 11.15 am The digital event can be visited via Zoom.
  • University of Arkansas vigil at noon. The virtual event will take place on the Associated Student Government website.
  • Virtual event for the 25th annual signing up at 7:00 p.m. with keynote speaker Kevin Dedner, Founder and CEO of Hurdle Inc. Tickets can be found on the NWA MLK website.

The U of A acts as executive producer of the events. Main sponsors include Walmart, Sam’s Club, COX, Tyson Foods, the Walton Family Foundation, the Arkansas Alumni Association, and 3W Magazine.

For more information on MLK vacation events, please visit the NWA MLK Council website. For more information, contact Danielle L. Williams at [email protected] or 479-575-4825.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas offers internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university brings new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activities, while providing services for academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of Arkansas among less than 3% of the colleges and universities in America with the highest level of research. US News & World Report ranks the U of A among the leading American public research universities. The University of Arkansas was founded in 1871 and comprises 10 colleges and schools. The student-to-faculty ratio is low, which encourages personal attention and close supervision.