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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Marchers participate Monday, January 16, 2017, in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March to the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Participants in the march 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, the Black Student Association and the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Council.

The Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Council and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Omicron Zeta Lambda Chapter, have planned a service project, memorial service, march and banquet to mark the Jan. 20 holiday.

The council and fraternity will volunteer Jan. 18 at Asbell Elementary School in Fayetteville to prepare care packages for students. To fill the care packages, the groups are seeking donations of hats, gloves, lotion, lip balm, hand sanitizer and socks.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020

Who: Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Council

What: Service projects, youth activities, memorial vigil, breakfast, banquet

When: Jan. 18-20

Where: Northwest Arkansas

Information: nwamlk.org

A memorial service Jan. 19 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville will feature Arkansas Rep. Jay Richardson.

The MLK Freedom March at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 20 will begin at the University of Arkansas parking lot 56 on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Razorback Road.

The council's 24th annual Recommitment Banquet at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 will feature as keynote speaker Fort Smith Mayor George McGill.

The banquet will also include scholarship presentations and the Salute to Greatness Awards to community leaders. The award categories are Lifetime Achievement; Ernestine White-Gibson Individual Achievement; Rodney Momon Youth/Young Adult; The Rev. J.A. Hawkins Posthumous Award; and Non-Profit/Corporation of the Year Award

Tickets for the banquet are $30 for adults or $20 for students.

-- CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

[email protected]

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Angiana Jones, a senior at the University of Arkansas, makes her way up a final set of steps Monday, January 21, 2019, during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March to the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. This year's march on Jan. 20 is one of the events planned to mark the holiday.

NAN Our Town on 01/09/2020

Print Headline: Events honor memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

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