Use Jan. 16 to celebrate the legacy left by Martin Luther King Jr. while giving back to the community.
The 2023 King Holiday Day of Impact (formerly Mega Kingfest) is hosted by the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and encourages citizens to perform acts of service in order to "promote education, an appreciation for history and to encourage youth to engage in positive leadership development and roles within their communities."
The commission also hosts a lineup of events, including food giveaways, free bus rides, vendor showcases and services for those in need, as well as on-site volunteer oportunities. Finally, the holiday will conclude with a "Night of Unity" celebration at North Shore Riverfront Park featuring a candle lighting ceremony and fireworks display at 5:30 p.m.
Multiple organizations are also hosting service-minded events and programs around the city on MLK Jr. Day, including the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, so keep an eye out if you want to get involved.
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is a state agency that works to promote equality and acceptance of all in Arkansas. The commission hosts year-round service events and programs across the state and has assisted towns like Harrison in rebranding their city’s image toward becoming a more inclusive place.
For more information on the commission or any of the day's activities, head to the commission's website, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest.