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Here is a quick list of regional commemorations, virtual celebrations, service projects and family-friendly events.

January 16, 2021 from 9AM-12PM

St. James Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry
115 S. Willow Street, Fayetteville AR

Please join the MLK Council and The Northwest Arkansas Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. as they celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting a Food Drive and Community Service Project.

Items can be donated to the pantry anytime on Tuesdays between 10 am – 1 pm from January 11, 2021 – January 22, 2021. A drop-off box will be available at the pantry for items to be received during the times when the pantry closed.

January 16-18, 2021

Arkansas Soul wants to know what you’ll be doing to serve your community this holiday weekend! They also want to give back, so they’re offering the opportunity to win a $500 donation for the charity of your choice!⠀

To enter the giveaway you must:⠀

  • Like a post, follow @argotsoul, AND leave a comment about your MLK Day of Service plans on one of the Arkansas Soul social media posts on Instagram, Facebook or Linkedin for one entry⠀
  • Share the post to your Instagram story, Facebook feed or LinkedIn feed for one additional entry
  • Post a picture to your feed about your service plans for MLK Day and tag @argotsoul for three entries

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Arkansas Soul will randomly select and announce a winner on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The winner may choose an Arkansas nonprofit that is run by and/or serves BIPOC Arkansans to be the recipient of a $500 donation from Arkansas Soul.

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January 17, 2021 at 3PM

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. & NWA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council hosts the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Memorial Service. The featured Speaker is Reginald K. Murdock, Sr.; State Representative – District 48

For the 93rd General Assembly, Rep. Murdock serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Joint Performance Review Committee. He also serves on the Arkansas Legislative Council, the House Education Committee, and the House Insurance & Commerce Committee.

Rep. Murdock is a graduate of Lee High School in Marianna and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he earned a degree in industrial engineering.

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January 18, 2021

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership, Walmart is hosting a one-day, online MLK Day of Giving matching campaign on January 18, 2021.

Walmart will match $2 for every $1 donated by any consumer to a cause they are passionate about, up to $2 million, subject to a $5,000 donation limit per consumer, for a total of up to $4 million contributed to the Walmart Spark Fund for Charities at the Charities Aid Foundation of America. To participate, donors can select any qualified U.S.-based 501c(3) nonprofit organization found in the MLK Day Of Giving portal on

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January 18, 2021 at 8AM

The NWA MLK Dream Keepers hosts a virtual youth breakfast with the theme of “UNITY: It is up to us to choose unity over division.”
The purpose of this event is to allow youth to come together in prayer and reflect on how Dr. King’s dream has impacted their lives. There will be several youth speakers discussing freedom, equality, and justice for all.
Young people are encouraged to attend along with their families!
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January 18, 2021 at 9:30AM

The University of Arkansas Intercollegiate Athletics will host a youth engagement program.
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January 18, 2021 at 11:15AM

This event is sponsored by NWA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council. Due to the pandemic, the MLK March will be hosted virtually.
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January 18, 2021 from 1PM-2:30PM 

The virtual event will include a dedication of a memorial MLK bench in Springdale as well as honor community members of Northwest Arkansas.
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January 18, 2021 at 7PM

Tickets are required to view the event virtually.

The NWA MLK Council Hosts the 25th Annual Recommitment Virtual Event

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Kevin Dedner, Founder & CEO, Hurdle, Inc.

Kevin Dedner serves as Founder and CEO of Hurdle (formerly Henry Health) Hurdle is mental healthcare for invisible barriers. As the leading culturally intentional mental health provider, Hurdle provides a comprehensive suite of mental health services and self-mastery tools to employers and payers to meet the needs of their employees and members. Hurdle’s therapists are trained in an evidence-based technique that improves cultural humility and responsiveness.

An award-winning public speaker, Kevin brings over 15 years of experience in public health, having worked on various issues, including childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco control. He has led strategic planning processes and facilitated convenings on behalf of several clients, including the nation’s largest public health foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A recovering politico, Kevin has worked on political campaigns and successfully led health policy wins. However, these days, Kevin is focused on transforming the mental health experience for diverse populations.

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. While at the University of Arkansas, Kevin served as president of the Black Students Association and held several other leadership posts. He was instrumental in planning events for the Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration and championed many different programs to promote equity and inclusion.

Kevin also holds a Master’s of Public Health from Benedictine University. He is a frequent speaker at health and health technology conferences. He resides in Washington, DC, and is the proud father of Davis, Ella Marie, and Anna Rose.

The MLK scholarships will be awarded to deserving students, sponsors will be recognized for their generosity. Also, the Salute to Greatness Service Awards will be presented to outstanding members of the NWA community.

Major Sponsors include: University of Arkansas, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, Cox Communication, Tyson Foods

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