UCA honors MLK through annual breakfast, day of service

January 14, 2020
Log Cabin Democrat
The University of Central Arkansas has put together several different opportunities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year. The UCA Office of Diversity and Community will hold its annual commemorative breakfast to celebrate King's legacy and path to the social justice movement at 8:45 a.m. Friday in the student center ballroom on campus. This year's theme is, "The Dream: Vision Beyond 20/20," and will feature speaker Tamika S. Edwards, J.D., the executive director of Philander Smith College's Social Justice Institute in Little Rock. Hundreds from the community usually attend the annual event but are encouraged to confirm attendance via diversity@ by Wednesday. The day usually begins with breakfast at 8:45 a.m. then the program starts around 9 a.m. In years past, the event has been kicked off with prayer, performances by varying guests – last year the Negro National Anthem was performed by the Sylvan Hills Middle School – and speakers. "We're here for his sense of service, his sense of leadership, his sense of change that he brought to the United States," Congressman French Hill said during the 2019 event. "That's what MLK day is … how we celebrate [it] now, which is, send each of us out into our communities to do a better job, to bring people together, to solve problems, make our community a better place."
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