The African American Historical Commission of Camden and Impact Camden will host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events Jan. 18-19, according to a news release.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Impact Camden will hold a MLK Parade starting at the Ouachita Valley Business and Technology Center and ending near Zion Hill Baptist Church.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, AAHCC will host its 11th annual MLK Freedom Celebration concert at Greater New Calvary Church of God in Christ. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
The concert will feature the Mt. Gillard Male Chorus, St. Paul’s Christian Church Male Chorus and AAHCC Hall of Famer June Rogers’ choir.
The event will also include speaker Dr. Lee Charles Nayles, who will speak about his educational and legal ties to the Camden area, according to the news release.
Nayles received his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and his bachelor of pharmacy from Texas Southern University. He conducted his internship at Henry Ford Hospital at Detroit, Michigan, and the University of South Carolina.
“The mission of the African American Historical Commission is to research, publish and preserve the history of African Americans in Camden and the southwestern region of Arkansas,” according to the release.
“A news release from the AAHCC states that it fills a void that has been previously ignored by historians. AAHCC continues to highlight the accomplishments and experiences of Institutions, Camden natives and Arkansans in the Southwest Region of Arkansas who are of African descent. In the past, AAHCC has accomplished this task by establishing the AAHCC Hall of Fame and holding an MLK Dream Banquet that featured awards such as the Bernice Calahan-Clary Service Award. The group also gives out several scholarships to graduating seniors annually,” according to the release.