Cornel West, political and civil rights activist, headlined the 27th annual Recommitment Celebration, Disruptive Love: The Foundation of the Beloved Community, sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Council, on Jan. 14 at Fayetteville Public Library.
The mission of the council is "to continue to advance and promote the dream, life, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which emphasizes love and action."
That evening the group also presented scholarships and recognized the 2023 Salute to Greatness honorees who are "individuals and an organization in the Northwest Arkansas community that exemplify excellence in leadership and have a demonstrated commitment to social responsibility in the spirit and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
Recipients of the 2023 Salute to Greatness Awards were:
• Lorie Huff -- Dr. John L Colbert Lifetime Achievement Award;
• Helena Gadison -- Ernestine White-Gibson Individual Achievement Award;
• Mike Day -- Rodney Momon Youth Award;
• John Newman -- Rev. J.A. Hawkins Posthumous Award; and
• Squire Jehagen Outreach Center -- Organization of Year Award.
Other events in Fayetteville marking Martin Luther King Day included a community service project Jan. 14 at Asbell Elementary School and a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service Jan. 15 at the Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church. On Jan. 16 the MLK Dreamkeepers held a youth breakfast at the University of Arkansas Janelle Y. Hembree House and youth engagement program at the UA HPER Building. The MLK Freedom March that day began at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Razorback Road and concluded with the Noon Day Vigil at the UA Faulkner Center for Performing Arts.
Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Council officers are: Lindsey Leverett-Higgins, president; Kimberly McGee, vice president; Tanya Cook, secretary; Sarah Draine, assistant secretary; Christopher Seawood, treasurer; and Peggy Boyles, parliamentarian. Also serving on the council are Reynelda Augustine-Robinson, Vonnice Boone, Carlos Buie, Alqueeah Cates, John L Colbert, Sarah Draine, Quinton Green, Adriana Kitchen, Detrick Jenkins, Frank Johnson, Angela Mosley-Monts, Destiney Posey, Cephus Richard III, T. Scott Varady and Danielle L. Williams.
For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.
Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]
At a Glance
Who: Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Council
What: Cornel West, political and civil rights activist, headlined the 27th annual celebration, Disruptive Love: The Foundation of the Beloved Community.
When: Jan. 14
Where: Fayetteville Public Library
Information: (479) 409-1139 or [email protected]