Diversity, inclusion theme of MLK Day events in Northwest Arkansas

Posted: January 16, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Jonathan Gadison (left), 13, shares a blanket with Caleb Henry, 14, as they participate Monday in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March to the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Participants in the march, sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Council, began near the corner of Razorback Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and marched, sang and chanted to the Arkansas Union for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas Associated Student Government and the Black Student Association. The keynote speaker was Yvette Murphy-Erby, vice provost for diversity and inclusion, at the university.

The spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on through youth participation and diversity, organizers in Northwest Arkansas said Monday, nearly 50 years after the death of the iconic civil rights leader.

Famous quotes

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“…And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

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