Celebrating MLK Day with our Community
As the end of January approaches, it’s time again to celebrate the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fayetteville and the surrounding area have multiple events taking place to commemorate the national icon.
King was an activist and a minister. He embodied equal rights for all people, and his legacy lives on today.
The Northwest Arkansas MLK Dreamkeepers is an organization that meets every month, and the group’s principles are based on community service and keeping King’s dream alive.
Interested members must first commit to a nonviolent pledge, which is read at every event. Ages 12-18 are accepted into the group.
All of the group’s work is volunteer work, and members raise money with fundraisers like car washes and pancake breakfasts. January, February, and June are especially busy months for the group.
Money raised by the MLK Dreamkeepers goes to scholarships for seniors. It also takes trips to civil rights historic sites.
One of the MLK events taking place on Monday morning will be the recommitment breakfast. It’s a youth free commitment breakfast. Children are welcome. The group will go through its mission statement, sing songs, and bring in a guest speaker.
Following the breakfast, everyone will walk to University Recreation (HPER) down the street and join college students to play some sports. Afterward, attendees will come together and discuss how it’s a good time for diverse groups to be able to play with each other.
A little later, there will be a march that’ll lead to a vigil with a guest speaker and choir around 12 p.m.
The final event of the night will be a banquet, a formal event where scholarships will be awarded, and King’s vision will be discussed.
For more information on the MLK Dreamkeepers, visit their website here.