MLK Day celebrations happening today and all week

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Martin Luther King, Jr. events continue today with the Community MLK Parade starting at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Kitchen St.

Nearly 20 organizations marched in downtown Jonesboro for the MLK Day Parade.

One of the organizations represented was The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jonesboro.

"We've been here for 50 years, and we've always supported civil rights, and it's our way of showing solidarity," said Norman Stafford.

John Gibson said the Unitarian denomination's personal legacy is intertwined with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Two of the martyrs of the modern Civil Rights Movement were Unitarians. One was James Reeb, and the other was Viola Liuzzo, and both of them had their lives taken in the Selma, Alabama area in 1965."

After the parade, the celebration moved to Centennial Hall at ASU. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin surprised Dr. Rev. Charles Coleman by presenting him with a key to the city for the work he has done under Perrin's administration.

The event has grown since its start more than a decade ago, said Northeast Arkansas MLK Committee Chair Pastor Ray Scales. "I think when Arkansas State University and the city of Jonesboro came together that brought it up to a level even higher."

Other events are also scheduled to take place this week on the Arkansas State University campus.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23: Performance by the Dallas Black Theater, 7 p.m., at the Centennial Hall in the ASU student Union
  • Thursday, Jan. 24: MLK Candlelight Vigil, 4:30 p.m. at the Heritage Plaza at ASU    
  • Saturday, Jan. 26: MLK Service Project, 8 a.m. Volunteers will work with non-profit organizations to assist with beautification projects (painting or cleaning).  Those interested in volunteering should e-mail
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