Use Jan. 15 to celebrate the legacy left by Martin Luther King Jr. while giving back to the community. 

The 2024 King Holiday Day of Service, Day of Impact 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."

Throughout the day, the commission will host a lineup of events, including food giveaways, free bus rides and services for those in need, as well as on-site volunteer oportunities. Finally, the holiday will conclude with a unity vigil at North Shore Riverfront Park featuring a candle lighting ceremony and fireworks display at 5:30 p.m., as well as an appearance by special guest Vivica A. Fox.

Update: A number of these events have since been canceled. Read the announcement in full here.

Multiple organizations are also hosting service-minded events and programs around the city on MLK Jr. Day, including the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Little Rock Zoo, 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, including any updates related to weather concerns, head to the commission's website, and follow along on Facebook, X and Instagram for the latest. 

Read our January issue feature with Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough.