The impetus for the creation of the Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Council evolved from several brainstorming sessions in 1996 that were led by Rev. J. Aaron Hawkins along with the following founders: John L Colbert, Ernestine Gibson, Corey Cullins, and Edith Hawkins. These sessions led to the decision to host an area wide Recommitment Banquet in honor Dr. King and his legacy where the committee would also present scholarships to two worthy students and recognize several outstanding community leaders who exemplified the leadership traits of Dr. King himself.
After establishing these goals, the first committee was established and chaired by Corey Cullins with the following members: Constance Butler, Clarence Childs, John L Colbert, Marilyn Cullins, Phillip Cummings, Kevin Dedner, Dion Fields, Jeffrey Flanigan, Ernestine Gibson, Lamont Hall, Laverne Johnson, Cedric Jordan, Rodney Momon, Edith Morgan, Ocie Redden, Verda Watson, Brenda White, and Danielle Wood.
What began as the NWA MLK Planning Committee, aptly named for its original purpose of hosting the inaugural Recommitment Banquet, has since spawned several additional programs and an expanded reach to include all of Northwest Arkansas. Therefore, the organization decided in 2012 to reflect this in its new name, the Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council.
Since its inception, the Council has gained support from the community as well as these area organizations and businesses: Tyson Foods, Inc; Walmart; Proctor & Gamble; St. James Missionary Baptist Church; Calvary Freewill Baptist Church; the University of Arkansas Black Students’ Association; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. We applaud each of these groups for their continuous support for the past 17 plus years. The Council salutes all of its sponsors over the years for helping us grow and remain loyal to Dr. King’s legacy for many years to come.
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Northwest Arkansas MLK Council
PO Box 3453
Fayetteville, AR 72702