The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, a division of the Arkansas Department of Education, works with the communities of throughout Arkansas encouraging alternatives to violence and to discovery of common humanity. Planned activities emphasis history, education and racial + cultural diversity. Once again, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission has implemented a program that is designed to promote the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor his life and legacy.
April 4, 1968, was a day that will forever live in infamy as the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Loraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a series of cross-generational virtual events to commemorate this day, the 53rd Anniversary of the Passing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. makes every effort to be inclusive and provide opportunities to promote the King legacy across generations. While it is important to focus on youth, we also want to provide a platform for them to hear from individuals, our senior citizens who witnessed these events they (children) read about in their history books,” says Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough, . “If there are people who are living who can recount those experiences, we want to seize every opportunity to capture that oral history.”
April 2, 2021, 12:00 PM Nonviolence Youth Summit: Next Generation
Crucial Community Conversations with Youth
Partners: Arkansas Department of Human Service, Coca-Cola, Arkansas Department of Education
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a virtual conversation with youth from across the country to discuss the King’s legacy, nonviolence, and social change. Guest moderator, Vivica A. Fox, Actress
Youth Appearing in Panel Discussion: South Dakota, Jacobi, and Kashera Jones | Mason Pleas, Miami, Florida | Layier Sherman, Omaha, Nebraska | Kaysha Gulley, Prescott | Michaela Stevens, Hot Springs, High School Winner of the 2021 MLK Essay contest | Emily Davis, Gurdon, Middle School Winner, 2021 MLK Essay Contest | Sydney “ABC Girl” Hopson, Conway, 2021 Suzie Everett Youth Community Service Award Winner | Braxton and Kennedy Scarbrough, Little Rock | Adriana Rivera, Little Rock | Ta-Tionne Pettus-Jones, Little Rock
April 2, 2021 12:00 PM, “Youth Tour of the National Civil Rights Museum”
In partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum, The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission hosts a tour of the Museum and children’s reactions to exhibits covering the struggle for Civil Rights and its origins. (Program will precede the Nonviolence Youth Summit)
April 5, 2021, 12:00 PM “The Day That King Died”
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission captures memories and reflections from leaders to share their memories of April 4, 1968. The program will include interviews with Judge Barry Hyde, Pulaski County Judge, Retired Judge, and Pastor Reverend Marion Humphrey, Sr., Colonel Nate Todd, Arkansas Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Dr. John Colbert, Superintendent of Fayetteville Public Schools.
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