U of A, MLK Council Partner for MLK Legacy Events

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Northwest Arkansas MLK Council is partnering with the University of Arkansas and other organizations and corporations across the region to host a slate of events from Jan. 16-18 honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The events, centered around the theme of unity, include a food drive, memorial service, virtual freedom march and youth engagement programs.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Jan. 16

  • A food drive and community service project, held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church food pantry, located at 115 S. Willow St. in Fayetteville. Those interested in volunteering can sign up with Alpha Phi Alpha. Donations will be accepted at St. James from now through Jan. 22.

Sunday, Jan. 17

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service at 3 p.m. featuring Reginald K. Murdock, state representative for Arkansas House District 48. The digital event can be accessed via Zoom and is co-sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Monday, Jan. 18

  • MLK Dream Keeper’s virtual youth breakfast and youth engagement program. The breakfast will be held at 8 a.m., and the digital event can be accessed via Zoom. The youth engagement program will take place at 9:30 a.m., and those interested in participating can visit the NWA MLK website.  The event is co-sponsored by UA Intramural Sports and Intercollegiate Athletes.
  • MLK virtual freedom march, held at 11:15 a.m. The digital event can be attended via Zoom.
  • University of Arkansas vigil at noon. The virtual event will be held on the Associated Student Government website.
  • 25th annual recommitment virtual event, held at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Kevin Dedner, founder and chief executive officer of Hurdle Inc. Visit the NWA MLK website for tickets.

The U of A serves as the executive producer for the events, with major sponsors including Walmart, Sam’s Club, COX, Tyson Foods, Walton Family Foundation, the Arkansas Alumni Association, and 3W Magazine.

For more information about MLK holiday events, visit the NWA MLK Council website. For additional information, contact Danielle L. Williams at dlw11@uark.edu or 479-575-4825.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 3% of colleges and universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the U of A among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


John Post, director of academic communications
University Relations
479-575-4449, johnpost@uark.edu

Danielle L. Williams, assistant vice chancellor and director
Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance
479-575-4825, dlw11@uark.edu


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