The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. announces the 28th annual week-long KingFest Celebration in honor of slain Civil Rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Organizers also announce plans for the 2012 King holiday.

The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. announces the 28th annual week-long KingFest Celebration in honor of slain Civil Rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Organizers also announce plans for the 2012 King holiday.

KingFest activities include:

Jan. 10 – KingFest kick-off at the joint Pine Bluff and West Pine Bluff Rotary Club meetings at noon at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Chancellor Lawrence A. Davis Jr. of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Jan. 11 – ICVR King Team Nonviolent Pledge Day. Students in local school districts will be asked to “Take a Stand to Keep a Seat” in class and focus on no violence or bullying.

Jan. 12 – MLK Birthday Bash. Students will be asked to sign a Freedom of Choice Agreement. There will also be MLK Cupcakes and punch at First Ward Alternative School.

Jan. 13 — 7-9 p.m., ICVR KingFest Musical Praise Program will be held at New Community Baptist Church, 321 N. Birch St.

Jan. 14 — Community Service Day. ICVR King Team Coat and Blanket Drive will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Coretta Scott King Center in the Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Jan. 15 — Justice Sunday Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m., hosted by Barraque Street Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen Ave. The speaker will be Rev. T.R. Ramey.

Jan. 15 — The annual Church Commemorative Program will be held at 7 p.m. at Greater Fellowship Ministries, 2401 S. Main St. The speaker will be Idonia Trotter, executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.

Jan. 16 — At 11 a.m., the annual KingFest Parade and Downtown Pine Bluff Community wide March for Peace against Violence and Crime will be held.

The theme for the King holiday Jan. 16 is: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“We ask for community support to provide new coats for youth (of all ages) and blankets for elderly persons during our King Team community service coat and blanket drive,” said Derrick L. Newby Sr., president of ICVR.

Items may be dropped off at the Coretta Scott King Center in the Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Jan. 14 from 1 until 5 p.m. Prior to that date, coats and blankets may be brought to the ICVR Weed and Seed office, 2315 S. Olive St., from 10 a.m. to noon daily.

Simmons First National Bank serves as corporate sponsor for the ICVR KingFest Celebration. Other supporters include Pine Bluff National Bank, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and AT&T Arkansas. All KingFest events are free and open to the public. To volunteer or participate call 536-7274 or email pbicvr@aol.com for details.