|Updated: 1/16/2012 5:42 pm
||Published: 1/16/2012 4:57 pm
The state of Arkansas recognizes the work and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr but for the first time ever, the official celebration held outside of Little Rock.
All the pageantry and the music filled the Farris Center on the UCA campus in Conway Monday.
But Arkansas MLK Jr Commission executive director DuShun Scarbrough says the first ever MLK commission celebration in Conway is about more than just location.
"It’s a holiday and many people want to stay in bed and sleep,” Scarbrough says. “But it is important to get out and do something important for your community."
For the MLK commission that means serving others with a meal for anyone who attended. For Chaniqua Frazier it means volunteering with the NAACP.
"Act now, do it as soon as you can," Frazier says. "I also want to instill that in my son because when he gets older I want to show him how great it is to give back to the community. How great it is to volunteer, how great it is to serve others and hopefully it will affect him in return."
A day of service, the MLK commission wants to springboard into year-round volunteering.
And keeping with that statewide mission now, the king commission holding volunteer service events throughout the state. In addition to Little Rock and Conway, events were also held in Bryant and locations in Northwest Arkansas as well.