The 37th annual Original KingFest Celebration will be held in Pine Bluff Jan. 14-20.
The theme is “Let’s Talk About Our Dream: Writing A New History,” according to the sponsor, Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. (PBICVR.)
Original KingFest honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while promoting interracial cooperation and community service. All activities are open to the public and there is no charge to participate or attend events, according to a news release.
The schedule of events include:
Tuesday, Jan. 14 — Student Pledge against Violence Day at Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel and Dollarway school districts.
Wednesday, Jan. 15 – 2:30 p.m., PBICVR Pen or Pencil MLK Birthday Bash at Pine Bluff Lighthouse Academy Charter Public School.
Thursday, Jan. 16 — Noon, PBICVR and West Pine Bluff Rotary Club will host the 12th annual Original KingFest Celebration Kick-off at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker will be Freddie Scott Sr., operation manager for the Arkansas Department of Education Charter Schools. One hundred students are expected to attend from Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel and Dollarway school districts and Pine Bluff Lighthouse Academy. This meeting is open to the public.
Friday, Jan. 17 — 6 p.m., PBICVR Original KingFest Celebration Youth/Young Adult Gospel Extravaganza will be held at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 Indiana St.
Saturday, Jan. 18 — 8 a.m., the 37th annual Original KingFestYouth/Adult Community Service Day will be held in collaboration with the City of Pine Bluff. Participants will meet at Pine Bluff High School at 8 a.m. to sign-in and receive instructions. Clean up sites will consist of locations throughout the Southside. Lunch will be served at noon and a tree planting will be held at city hall.
Sunday, Jan. 19 — 6 p.m., the Original KingFest Justice Sunday Commemoration Program will be held at Old St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 4512 S. Ohio St. The speaker will be Gary Bell, pastor of First Assembly of God Pine Bluff. Old St. James and First Assembly choirs will sing. Faith and Justice to honor law enforcement, city, county and state.
Monday, Jan. 20 — 2 p.m., the Original KingFest (Parade/March) will begin with the lineup at 1 p.m. at Third Avenue and Walnut Street. Grand Parade Marshals are Superintendents Barbara Warren of Dollarway, Jerry Guess of Watson Chapel and Jeremy Owoh of Pine Bluff. Limousines will be provided by Brown, Paradise and Christian Way funeral homes.
Monday, Jan. 20 — After the parade, the PEN OR PENCIL Educational/Entertainment Program will be held in collaboration with the Ivy Center for Education Inc. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The speaker will be Jonathan Burgess of Pine Bluff School District and special entertainment will be by the Pine Bluff BETA Club. The fifth annual MLK/Lorenzo Smith Battle of the Bands will be held.
Details: The Rev. Jesse C. Turner, PBICVR executive director, 870-730-1131, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.pbicvrpenorpencil.com.