The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission will tour the state to distribute school supplies.


In Southeast Arkansas, the commission will visit McGehee from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at McGehee Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.


The MLK Back to School Tour will cover seven cities.


“I am happy to serve Arkansas through the MLK Back to School Tour which is the first of its kind,” said DuShun Scarbrough, commission executive director. “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. placed great emphasis on education and the opportunities that come as a result of youth taking advantage of education.”


“We are also partnering with Arkansas Better Dads to promote fathers’ impact on their children’s education. Arkansas Better Dads helps men become better dads by inspiring them, providing instruction and creating opportunities for interaction with their families. Through this partnership, we are encouraging fathers to take their children to school on the first day and take an active role in their educational experience. The educational experience should be a family affair,” Scarbrough said.


The MLK Back to School Tour will take place at the following locations and times:


McGEHEE — Saturday, Aug. 3 — noon-3 p.m., McGehee Chapel Missionary Baptist Church;


MARIANNA — Saturday, Aug. 3 — noon-3 p.m., Paradise Baptist Church,


HOT SPRINGS — Friday, Aug. 2 — 7-9 p.m., The Webb Center, Hot Springs;


FORT SMITH — Saturday, Aug. 3 — noon-3 p.m., St. James Missionary Baptist Church;


HOPE — Saturday, Aug. 3 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., University of Arkansas-Hope, Hempstead Hall;


BATESVILLE — Monday, Aug. 5 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scissors & Clippers Barber Shop.


Details: DuShun Scarbrough, Dushun.scarbrough@arkansas.gov or 501-683-1300 or visit https://www.arkingdream.org/