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Martin Luther King Day Events

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Day of Service with the Arkansas Martin Luther King Mission:

The AMLKC in collaboration with the Central Arkansas Transit Authority will be providing free bus rides all day to all homeless and less fortunate who wish to participate. “A Day of Service” has a “Celebratory” component and a “Service” component. During the “Celebratory” component, they will have keynote speakers, special guests, musical and theatrical performances. During the “Service” component, homeless are offered a free meal and personal hygiene kit and other services. Find out more.

Annual ICVR KingFest Parade in Downtown Pine Bluff:

The theme is "Mentor a Child - Save A Life." The parade starts at 1 p.m. There are other celebrations in honor Dr. King put on by ICVR this week as well, including a breakfast, a program by the Pine Bluff mayor, a community service day and a gospel concert. More info.

Annual Martin Luther King Marade:

In Little Rock, the 28th annual Marade will kick off at 10 a.m. It starts at 33rd and Chester Streets and ends on the steps of the State Capitol.

Arkansas State University's Celebration:

Arkansas State University has a community program, a dance and a candlelight vigil. They are also hosting black history celebrations throughout the month of February. More info.

Citywide Clean-up:

The city of Jacksonville is using Martin Luther King Day to celebrate a day of service with a citywide clean up. In Jacksonville it begins at the Boys and Girls Club. Mayor Gary Fletcher will speak. North Little Rock, Little Rock and surrounding communities are also doing clean-ups.

City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock Day of Service:

MLK Day is a day on -not a day off- for young people committed to making a difference in their communities. The service event will be held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Little Rock on January 21 to celebrate the power of service and community in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service projects will include beautification projects across the campus. Read more.

Read about Arkansas History: Central High Museum:

Little Rock Central High is known all over the world for the groundbreaking desegregation battle that took place there in 1957. Today, the school is a functioning high school and a national historic site with a museum and sculpture garden. The visitor center is hosted inside a replica period gas station and contains photographs and information about the site's history. Read more.

Read about Arkansas History: The Little Rock Nine:

Imagine that it's the night before your first day of High School. You're filled with excitement, fear and tension. You wonder what the school will be like. Will the classes be hard? Will the students like you? Now imagine that you are a black student in 1957 preparing to go to Little Rock Central High School to attempt what seemed impossible -- the integration of public schools. Read more.

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