Springdale MLK parade set for Monday

Posted: January 12, 2018 at 1:07 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --1/19/15-- The 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day “Marade” parade Monday morning in Little Rock.

SPRINGDALE -- Alice Gachuzo-Colin organized a parade for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, she said, because Springdale deserves it.

State holiday

This year marks the first time Arkansas will celebrate the third Monday in January solely to honor Martin Luther King Jr. In 1985, the state designated the holiday to celebrate the birthdays of both King and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Act 561 of 2017 reserved the date of the federal holiday to honor King alone.

Source: Staff report

MLK DAY EVENTS

These public events are planned in Northwest Arkansas in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

• Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon: Community service project, Yvonne Richardson Center, 240 E. Rock St., Fayetteville. Information: 435-1393.

• Sunday, 3 p.m.: Memorial service, St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 764 W. North St., Fayetteville. Roderick L. Smothers, president of Philander Smith College, featured speaker.

• Monday, 8 a.m.: MLK Dream Keepers' youth prayer breakfast, Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House, 491 N. Razorback Road, Fayetteville.

• Monday, 9:30 a.m.: MLK Dream Keepers' youth activity, University of Arkansas' Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, Fayetteville.

• Monday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Inaugural MLK parade and unity celebration starting at Parsons Stadium, Springdale. D'Andre Jones, NWA Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Council, featured speaker.

• Monday, 11:15 a.m.: MLK Freedom March, start at corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Razorback Road, Fayetteville. Inclement weather location, University of Arkansas Union, Verizon Ballroom.

• Monday, noon: Vigil, University of Arkansas Union, Verizon Ballroom

• Monday, 7 p.m.: 21st Annual Recommitment Banquet, Town Center, 15 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville. the Rev. R. Janae Pitts-Murdock, First Christian Church of Rogers, featured speaker.

• Jan. 25, noon: Presentation at Northwest Arkansas Community College, 1 College Drive, Bentonville. Pearl Dowe, associate professor and chairwoman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Arkansas, featured speaker.

Source: Staff report

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