Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned in Fayetteville

Locals participate in the Freedom March during Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up on Monday, Jan. 15, and several events to commemorate the holiday are planned in Fayetteville.

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 with a community service project at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center.

On Sunday, Jan. 14, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service is planned at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville at 3 p.m. The service will feature speaker Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, President of Philander Smith College.

Monday, Jan. 15 will kick off with a prayer breakfast at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House at 8 a.m.

The annual MLK Freedom March will take place at 11:15 a.m., beginning at the corner of MLK Jr. Boulevard and Razorback Road in Fayetteville, and a noon-day vigil is planned at Verizon Ballroom after that.

For more information about this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, including a full list of activities, visit