Springdale area celebrates MLK

January 12, 2018 by  

Fayetteville will be having its traditional Martin Luther King Jr. celebration this weekend, and Springdale is joining in with its 1st Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

Festivities here will begin with the parade, which will step off at Parsons Stadium. It will proceed down East Emma Avenue and end in Luther George Grove Street Park. There, Mayor Sprouse will make a short speech and declare a proclamation. The keynote speaker will be D’Andre Jones from the NWA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council. Afterwards, everyone can enjoy a Unity BBQ in the park.

To celebrate unity, Springdale and Har-Ber high school bands will be performing together for the first time as they march in this year’s parade. Pictures of the parade will no doubt make good additions to the city’s 2019 visitor brochures.

In nearby Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas is holding a full day of events. The celebration will start tomorrow with a community service project, and Sunday will be a memorial service. On Monday, a Freedom march starting on the corner of Razorback Road and MLK Blvd will end with a two-hour vigil in the Arkansas Union Verizon Ballroom.

Springdale’s MLK Parade and BBQ will be on Monday, January 15 beginning at 11:00 am. Parson Stadium is located at 1423 East Emma Avenue, and Luther George Grove Street Park is in downtown Springdale.

MLK activities at The University of Arkansas are posted on the Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council website.