The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Chicot County will host a celebration and awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at The Vision Center at Lake Village.
The keynote speaker will be Pine Bluff native Jimmy Cunningham Jr., chairman of the board and executive director of the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance. The master of ceremony will be Calvin Johnson, former state legislator and educator at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Held in observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the ceremony will honor three people with awards for their community service: philanthropist, Laurie Black of Lake Village; retired judge Don Glover of Dermott; and retired educator, Jewel Grant of Dermott.
The speaker, Cunningham, is the author of two books, “Delta Music and Film” and “African Americans in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.”
“As executive director of the DRBA, Cunningham oversaw securing a designation by the Arkansas legislature for U.S. Highway 65 South from Pine Bluff, AR, to Eudora, AR, to be named the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway,” according to a news release. “The organization’s goals include working with U.S. Highway 65 South cities in the corridor of Pine Bluff, Nobel Lake, Gould, Tillar, Dumas, Dermott, McGehee, Eudora, Lake Village and Greenville, Miss.”
The mission of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Chicot County is to foster positive collaborations between the diversity in Chicot County and the surrounding areas; to host programs and services which exemplify the teachings of Dr. King; and to observe and celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, according to the release.
Advance tickets for the event are $20 and include a meal, beverages and program support.
For tickets, contact Martha Jones or Julia Harden, 870-866-0162; Faye Parker, 870-538-8541; Juanita Burton, 870-355-1981; Johnetta Dillard, 404-493-6579; Charles Giles, 870-222-7341; Onie Norman, 501-804-2538; or Molly Bratton, 870-222-9130.