According to event organizers, approximately 500 Pine Bluff youth will come together at 7 p.m. Friday at Highland Baptist Church, 3600 W. 14th Ave., to participate in the Interested Citizens for Voter Registration’s KingFest Youth Extravaganza.

According to event organizers, approximately 500 Pine Bluff youth will come together at 7 p.m. Friday at Highland Baptist Church, 3600 W. 14th Ave., to participate in the Interested Citizens for Voter Registration’s KingFest Youth Extravaganza.


Young people from throughout the city of Pine Bluff will highlight the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by showcasing their talents through songs, praise dancing, solos and oratory. A special youth fashion show will be presented, as well as, a saxophone solo from Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Alexis Cole.


Maleek Ware, a junior at Watson Chapel High School, will present King’s "I Have A Dream" speech.


Deaquanita Lancelin, one of the event coordinators, said she is hopeful this event will impact the youth in a positive way.


"I hope this will show that Pine Bluff supports their youth and that not all of our children are lost in the streets. I hope this will give them a little push to do what Dr. King said and that is to always do what is right," she said.


Other event coordinators are Jamal Gordon, Jerron Liddell and Kentra Jackson. Bessie Lancelin serves as chairwoman and adviser for the ICVR KingFest youth event.


Organizers say the ICVR KingFest Youth Extravaganza has drawn more than 2,000 young people over the past three years. This year’s participating churches include Highland, Pine Hill, First Missionary, Elm Grove, Old Saint James, Damascus, Bethel New Bethel, Barraque Street, New Direction, New St. Hurricane, New Jerusalem, Pilgrim, New Town and Newbirth Missonary Baptist churches, International House of Prayer and St. James United Methodist Church.


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bessie Lancelin at 870-879-4039.