UPDATED: How to celebrate MLK Day in Fayetteville in 2024

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Cornel West joined the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March in Fayetteville on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Participants in the march, sponsored by the NWA Martin Luther King, Jr. Council, began near the corner of Razorback Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and then marched and sang and chanted to the Faulkner Performing Arts Center for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas Associated Student Government and the Black Student Association.(Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

There are several opportunities to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in Fayetteville.

The Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Council recently announced a series of events that includes a discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and staff writer at The New York Times Magazine.

UPDATE: Due to expected inclement weather, the Dream Keeper’s Breakfast, Freedom March, and Noon Day Vigil will be held virtually (see Zoom links below).

Organizers of the Community Service Project, who’ve been gathering winter clothing for those in need, will hold their primary sorting activity from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 13 at John L Colbert Middle School. The collaborative effort is organized by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the NWA MLK Council. Donations and volunteers are needed.

The annual Recommitment Celebration begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Fayetteville Public Library (tickets here).

A free event is also planned in Bentonville on Friday, Jan. 12 at Crystal Bridges (info here).

Friday, Jan. 12, 2024

  • Beloved Community Festival – 6 p.m. at Crystal Bridges (note: this event is in Bentonville)

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024

  • Community Service Project Sorting – 9 a.m. to noon at John L Colbert Middle School
  • 28th Annual MLK Recommitment Celebration – 3:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library’s Event Center

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service – 3 p.m. at Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church

Monday, Jan. 15, 2024

  • MLK Dream Keepers Youth Breakfast – 8 a.m. at Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House (Zoom link)
  • MLK Freedom March – 11 a.m. at the corner of MLK Jr. Boulevard and Razorback Road (Zoom link)
  • UARK Noon-Day Vigil – 12 p.m. at the Faulkner Center for Performing Arts (Zoom link)