UAFS March to Honor MLK Jr.

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The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith hosted a number of activities Monday (Jan. 20) to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including a breakfast and educational sessions followed by a symbolic march across campus.

With many schools and businesses closed for the holiday, people of all ages attended the events. Bobbie Woodard-Jones of Fort Smith said she the day is about so much more than just time off from work or school.

"(The day) is to commemorate Dr. King and the extraordinary amount of work that he did for Civil Rights," she said.

Clara Shade, who attended the ceremony with her granddaughter, said she enjoyed a session discussing King's non-violent approach to achieving equality.

"You don't fight fire with fire," said Shade.

Shade said she hopes her granddaughter and her friends come to appreciate the importance of King and the path he paved for them.

"That they are a part of that dream that he said he had," she said. "That they now go to school with different nationalities. I know from my grandbaby, she has many different friends and they don't all look like her."

While King is remembered widely on this day, Woodard-Jones said she hopes parents are talking about his accomplishments with their children all year.

"It's up to us as individuals to continue to teach and continue to make them understand what the Civil Rights movement was all about," Woodard-Jones said.

Local commemorations continue Monday at 7 p.m. with an Ecumenical prayer service at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Smith.

Click here for a full list of university events.


  • bobreal

    todays young adults and kids don’t know the truth about Dr. King. when he was alive; he was excepting money from the COMMUNIST PARTY to fund his flight against America..

    • Watcher

      MLK did have a few meetings with Communist. I am not aware that he accepted any money from them. However, if you are more upset that the Communist would provide more rights and freedoms for African American than the United States provided at the time then you have your sense of Freedom and Liberty misplaced. I hope you are not trying to insist that only White’s should have access to individual civil liberty and justice?

  • bustacap

    I’m sure all the blacks in Chicago have stopped killing each other for one day?………But I don’t think so, the only thing that has changed is more black on black violence, and these things will just get worse. Happy MLKJ day!

  • AGT C

    I can’t help but notice that there was not many young black men between the ages of 18 and 30 at the march.You would think they would be proud of this day instead of selling crack and making babies that they wont care for and the Mom struggle’s to make it alone.Not racist just the truth.

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