GIVE US THIS DAY

GIVE US THIS DAY
NAACP, TCAA Leaders and Pastors on MLK 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

The March-ON Arkansas: 53 Years Later, Arkansas… America— Our Legacy: Where Are We Now? Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech to be Resounded at Arkansas State Capitol


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Contact:  Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D. | Senior Pastor, HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith 870.623.8179 | ceo@thecollegeofaspiringartists.education | www.givesusthisdaymlk.com
Mr. Dale Charles, AR NAACP State President | Phone:  501.231.8347 | dcharles566@att.net

The “March-On… Arkansas”
53 Years Later, Arkansas… America— Our Legacy: Where Are We Now?  Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech to be Resounded at Arkansas State Capitol and Convention to Follow 

The nation is in an uproar.  Hate is at an all time high and honor is at an all time low.  God is talking.  Where are the preachers?  What more do we need to see?  Who will lead us?  Where is the model of hope?  Hear our cry oh lord but not only do we need you to hear us, let the people who love you come together as one!  

Little Rock, AR July 9, 2016 – The 53rd anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech will be resounded with a day themed, The Legacy Assignment 2016: Reflecting the Past… Inspecting the Present… and Projecting the Future. The event is set for August 28 at 6pm on the steps of the State Capitol with the “March-On Arkansas” declaring Arkansas upwards and onwards.

Fifty-three years ago on August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Rev. Dr. King delivered his most famous prophecy on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This salute both uplifts the message of Rev. King as well as issue a relevant call to action in honor of the slain biblical rights preacher, pastor and prophet who gave the ultimate sacrifice by laying down his life.

Organizers, the Arkansas NAACP, The College of Aspiring Artists and the Original PBICVR Kingfest convey that in this critical time of race relations, riots and outcries, a need for love and non-violent principles, as exemplified by Rev. Dr. King and leaders in his day is urgent. Furthermore, that Arkansas and the nation are in urgent need of modeling and putting on display the principles taught by Dr. King.  The salute will feature national and international speakers, preachers and creative talents who will challenge the nation from Arkansas to do what is right and work forward with a legacy initiative to keep it right.

The theme in part, “Reflecting the Past… Inspecting the Present… and Projecting the Future” is a continuation from the first national tribute held in Memphis, Tennessee on the first Federal Holiday of the birthday of Rev. Dr. King. Today, with an intense focus on healing, reconciliation, restoration and an updated movement of empowerment, it is being brought to Arkansas by the original producers. The Legacy Assignment 2016 Initiative focuses on a statewide effort committed to uplifting a positive image of Arkansas’ legacy on family and race and brings up to 12 Legacy Cities from across the state that will stand in solidarity both at the Capitol and then back to their cities as Arkansas Legacy Cities all year long.

Eight years ago on, August 28, 2008, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service sponsored the 45th Anniversary Salute in partnership with The College of Aspiring Artists for one of the opening chapters for a documentary film.  On this same day, Senator Barack Obama received the nomination for President of the United States at the Democratic Convention in Denver, Colorado and later this same year, 40 years beyond the final Prophecy of King, Mr. Obama would be elected the 1st African American President of these United States of America. What will happen this time? Organizers are inviting spiritual leaders, corporate, government, business, youth and community leaders along with concerned individuals to partner and sign on.  The speaker/talent lineup will be announced on August 1st

After the salute, The Legacy Assignment 2016 moves to southeast Arkansas to Dumas for a four-day convention that unfolds in a festival-styled homecoming and networking event designed for persons who value—family, love, community engagement and enrichment.  It is set to be one of the most uplifting and empowering moments in the history of the nation and especially in Arkansas for people to attend and learn about the power of legacy. One of the nation’s premiere representatives of legacy in family, ministry and the creative and entertainment industry, Bishop Marvin L. Winans is the opening speaker, and many other credible leaders will share their legacy experience.

Additional details and registration can be fount at:  http://keepersofthefaith.today/

Monday, June 6, 2016

“Preaching is an Honorable Work— it’s Not Easy But it’s Worth It”

      A Prayerful Decree and Rally in Support of Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Exclusively on His Federal Holiday and— 
No Longer Sharing the Day with Robert E. Lee in Arkansas

Romans 10:13-15  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!



If there is anyone interested in the work and the works of a preacher and what their lives are truly all about, stop here for a short read and I promise you that I will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Today’s preachers are greatly challenged.  The work is not easy but it’s worth it.

Contrary to popular polls and opinions, preaching the Word of God is one of the most honorable works that one could be called upon and chosen to bring forth. (Let all the preachers say Amen).       But today, in many cities across Arkansas and across this nation, giving honor to God’s preacher is at an     all-time low. Sometimes, it is the fault of the preacher, but most often it is the call of God that causes His preacher to move out in the midst of controversy and chaos to bring a word of hope and truth and people oftentimes misunderstand, devalue and/or simply ‘hate’ the preacher.  With either or all in view, yes, this low honor may have lasted for a season— then came… ‘WE THE PREACHERS’.  

WE THE PREACHERS of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Church, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the spiritual and common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for the People of God and our Posterity, do promise to uphold the teachings of the Bible with the Church of the Living God in and for Arkansas and throughout these United States of America, and throughout all regions in the Kingdom of God.

OUR RIPE AND NOW MOMENT: 
The MLK Holiday (HolyDay) is 30 years in observance, and it's high time for Arkansas to join the nation in separating MLK Day from the Robert E. Lee Day.  Mississippi and Alabama are the only two other states that have the Robert E. Lee Day shared with the MLK Holiday.  Arkansas no longer has to be last.   
The Rev. Dr. King was a 'biblical rights' leader and activist. Some still label him as a civil rights leader, but this is not the authentication of his calling.  Yes, King was an activist. He was called and chosen to activate/preach God's word, and while some of his works were in strategic alignment with civil rights, his ultimate call and mandate was to promulgate biblical laws and values.  The Rev. Dr. King stood in the gap for God's people as a Pastor, Prophet and Preacher. He gave the ultimate sacrifice— he laid down his life for his friends.
We are taught in Scripture to give honor to whom honor is due.  The Rev. Dr. King did his part in blazing the trail as our 20th Century Pastor/Preacher/Prophet as he brought dignity and honor to the office of the preacher in ways that only God could have ordained.  In Arkansas, it's our turn now to stand in the place of honor on this day (his day/our day) with a message to this nation that God honors His preachers and His preachers are giving honor one to another. God has spoken.  What better time than now for preachers to line up for a noteworthy Call to come together in unity and love?

Two Key Facts:
1.       The Rev. Dr. King is the only person in this nation who has a holiday that honors the works of preachers. 
2.       The monument in his honor is the only non-Presidential and non-War Memorial that is represented on the National Mall that gives honor to a preacher.
  
WHY I’M SHARING THIS STORY WITH THE PREACHERS OF ARKANSAS:
Like many preachers, I never wanted to be a preacher.  As a child, being one of nine siblings (not to mention others who lived with us, along with two sisters who were adopted into the family), I saw too much stress and struggle on my parents and their parents who were in full-time ministry.  Did I see any honor and glory moments? Yes, but the way I saw them live by faith from day to day was way too much for me to choose ministry as a way of life. (I do have a powerful legacy testimony of triumph, but we will save it for another time in the very near future (hint: September 1, 2016 at The Legacy Assignment 2016 Convention and Reunion at my church). Eventually, I came to accept the work and honor of being called into the ministry.  It was no easy task and today I still have my challenges, but I have come to know that God is faithful. 

Besides giving honor to my father/dad both in biological and spiritual works as his successor as pastor, I have been blessed to give honor to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with national tributes now for over 25 years.  In short, it began with me producing the first three years of the federal holiday in his honor in Memphis, TN beginning in 1990. I was blessed to bring in notables including the late Dr. E.V. Hill, Clifton Davis, along with members of the King Family who delivered keynote addresses and were honored by thousands who attended. A major moment was when I was asked to do the opening tribute for the National Civil Rights Museum on the MLK Holiday in 1992.   These years gave me joy and revealed clarity as to why MLK Holiday is the ‘day of honor’ that God has ordained for His preachers in this nation.  
“We the Preachers”—How We Got Here and How We Will Succeed: Leading the March to the AR MLK Holiday ‘Exclusive’ Celebration… “From the Little Rock Nine to the Carolina Nine”

Nearly one year ago, on June 17, 2015, Reverend-Senator, Pastor Clementa Pinckney and eight others were killed (sacrificed) by a gunman proclaiming hate for African-Americans inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This sparked a national movement. This happened in a church, not the streets, but in a Bible study. God wants to teach a lesson on love and who better than ‘we the preachers’ to talk it out and to walk it out in this moment?  Immediately following this massacre, leaders from the Arkansas NAACP and The College of Aspiring Artists met with Governor Hutchinson and his chief of staff regarding why this was the set moment for Arkansas to reset and focus on giving the full honor due to the King Holiday. From a meeting in June 2015, to a letter of support in July, the Governor agreed to speak on 9.11.2015, in advocacy of making MLK Holiday an exclusive day of honor to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 Today, “We the Preachers” are employing our collective efforts to lead this exclusive day of honor, yes, for The Rev. Dr. King but again, we see it now more clearly as a day of honor ‘for all preachers’ who are standing in the place of service and in the gap to serve God’s people as did The Rev. Dr. King. 

WHAT IS OUR PLAN AND CALL TO ACTION?   ONE YEAR LATER…
On June 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm, a community rally and forum, “We the Preachers: Give Us This Day”, has been set at the Mosaic Templars Culture Center in Little Rock to bring this matter to a high regard. The theme, “GIVE US THIS DAY” focuses on both a humble request and thanks to God for his grace and provisions, but it also conveys a strong decree requesting state leaders to prepare and pray forward the plans and the works that must take place for Arkansas to celebrate the MLK Holiday 2017 as an exclusive celebration and to no longer be a part of a dual celebration with the Robert E. Lee Day.  Regrettably it has not happened! The devil got in the details, but God is in the destiny. 

          The forum will be led by preachers and leaders who are advocating legislation for MLK Holiday 2017 to be separated from the Robert E. Lee Day, to come before the Legislature during a Special Session— this year. A special moment to remember those from the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina will also take place.  The forum is being presented by The College of Aspiring Artists, Arkansas NAACP, Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration (PBICVR), JoynetRadio.com, Family Council and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.  Register today, become a partner, add your voice to the discussion, donate at wethepreachersgiveusthisday.eventbrite.com. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

WE THE PREACHERS: Give Us This Day- A Rally for AR MLK Holiday 'Exclusive' at The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center- June 9, 2016

“WE THE PREACHERS”
GIVE US THIS DAY— A Rally For AR MLK HOLIDAY 'EXCLUSIVE' 

When:  June 9th
Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Reception starts at 5pm-early registration required)
Who Should Attend:  Everyone! Starting with- “We the Preachers”


Registration:  Free Online  https://wethepreachersgiveusthisday.eventbrite.com/  (donations desired) 

Event Description: 


On June 9, 2016 this community forum has been set at the Mosaic Templars Culture Center in Little Rock to bring this matter to a high regard. The forum will be led by preachers who are advocating the legislation of this day.  The additional partners include:  AR NAACP, The College of Aspiring Artists and Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Kingfest (the original) and Family Council. Others are signing on by contacting us at 501.681.7546.

It is not limited to preachers but this is our first group to lineup to lead the way.  In addition we want to get persons from all walks of life who see this day as a day for exclusive honor to Rev. Dr. King to sign on this blog post with your Yes! MLK Exclusive Holiday in AR.

OUR MESSAGE:

Rev. Dr. King was a biblical rights leader. Civil rights was sometimes covered in this assignment but his true activism was his preaching activating God's word.  He stood in the gap for God's people as a Pastor, Prophet and Preacher.  He did his part and it's our turn now to stand in the place of honor on this day in AR and in the Nation. This is a set time for preachers to lineup and get ready to stand tall on every MLK Holiday in demonstration of how God honors his preachers.  The Holiday is 30 years in observance and it's high time for AR to join the nation in separating MLK Day from the Robert E. Lee day. 

Yes, this is a call for all preachers to come together as one as we pray the word, do the word and be the word. We point to a day of recent happenings that give us reason and clarity to why "we the preachers" both accept the responsibility for the problem but recognize that collectively we are God's duly ordained servants to bring about the problem-solving.  The Good news is that God has pointed the nation and the world back to His Church and His Preachers.  We are "now ready."  

BACKGROUND: 
On Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Presidential in Little Rock, Arkansas, the leaders of the Arkansas NAACP convened for the 70th Annual Convention.  The convention kicked off with an 8AM AR 9.11 Call to Prayer Breakfast and Roundtable.  The theme, “GIVE US THIS DAY” focused on both a humble request and thanks to God for his grace and provisions, but also a strong decree requesting state leaders to make ready and pray forward the plans and the works that must take place for Arkansas to celebrate the MLK Holiday 2016 as an exclusive celebration and thereby no longer being a part of a dual celebration with the Robert E. Lee Day.  

Arkansas’ Governor, Asa Hutchinson and statewide leaders from the arenas of clergy, legislators, faith-based organizations, community, corporate and youth leaders, and activists unanimously agreed that MLK Holiday 2016 and beyond should be an exclusive day of honor for Rev. Dr. King. To God be the Glory. This and more was a part of the discussion and working strategies at the prayer breakfast and the new Roundtable that has now been activated. 

Today, “We the Preachers” are employing our collective efforts to take the lead to move forward this exclusive day of honor yes, for Rev. Dr. King but we see it now more clearly as a day of honor ‘for all preachers’ who are standing in the place of service and calling to serve God’s people as did Rev. Dr. King. This day in AR and in the nation must be recognized as not only a Holiday but also a ‘HolyDay.”   It starts with us- “We the Preachers”.  We must take the lead and what better time, what better way and what better day?   Let’s move.
Below are two links from the television coverage on Sunday April 3rd on the steps of the State Capitol conveying our message.  We need all preachers to call your State Senator and your State Representative and ask them to support Legislature to get the holiday separated."  


To register to attend click here and be directed to our registration site and know that your support will make a difference in our state and our nation.  



Saturday, April 2, 2016

Beyond Apathy, National Prayer Leaders/Pastors and Ministers Join NAACP and Governor Hutchinson with Separation of Robert E. Lee from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday


GIVE US THIS DAY: MLK Holiday Exclusive 2016— 
Beyond Apathy NAACP, Governor Hutchinson, National Prayer Leaders, Pastors and Community Organizations Gather to Pray and Proceed—
From 'Proclamation to Legislation' during the AR Spring 2016 Special Legislative Session

~God has Spoken, the NAACP has Spoken and so has the Governor of Arkansas~

April 3, 2016 | Arkansas State Capitol | 2:30pm-3:30pm— Before the Franklin Graham and the National Day of Prayer Rally convenes in the next 2 and 3 weeks, Arkansas prayer leaders have some serious prayer work to do.  A Prayer Rally Advocating and advancing the MLK Holiday Exclusive Celebration lead by AR NAACP Leaders and embraced by Governor Asa Hutchinson will take place on Sunday, April 3rd from 2:30pm-3pm at the Arkansas State Capitol.  The rally motions Arkansas to move up and join the nation in celebrating the MLK Holiday as an “exclusive” day of honor and thereby relegating the Robert E. Lee Day to another day. 


Sunday, April 3, marks the 48th Anniversary of the final prophecy uttered by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He delivered this at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis, TN.

It tribute and in prayers of proclamation and thanksgiving, leaders from the National Day of Prayer Task Force, pastors from across the state, faith-based and community based organizations will join the AR NAACP to add a voice of prayerful support and advancement to Governor Hutchinson's letter to the NAACP and keynote address delivered on 9.11.2015 at the NAACP State Convention advancing this legislation. 

The producers of FEEL THE MOVEMENT; From Prophecy to Promise from The College of Aspiring Artists are documenting the process along the way.  

King told the nation 48 years ago- “We have some difficult days ahead, but I'm not concerned about that now, I just want to do God's will, and he's allowed me to go up to the Mountaintop and I've looked over and I've seen the Promised Land.  I may not get there with you but I want you to know that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.”  King's utterance was divinely accurate.   

Rev. King's prophecy has been and continues to be fulfilled in many ways.  We made it to the White House and are still moving forward with many progressive testimonies from prophecy to promise.   

The call to action now is to move with the NAACP, the Governor and all persons and organizations who want to see this done during the upcoming special session of the AR Legislature.

Give Us This Day is the degree that began on 9.11.2015 and it will be proclaimed until the legislation is done. We invite all who support this effort to join us on steps of the Capitol. 

Here's a moment of reflection in tribute from the mind and voice of Rev. Dr. King from Rally 1 on MLK Holiday 2016. 


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Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 3rd Tribute to 48th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Message: "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Anniversary Rally for King-only holiday

Speakers at MLK events call for King-only holiday

Background:

In June of 2015¸ the Arkansas State NAACP initiated a conversation with Governor Asa Hutchinson and his regarding the separation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday that is celebrated on the same day as that of the Robert E. Lee Holiday.  

Please read the article that appears in Wednesday's, March 30th Arkansas Democrat Gazette entitled Black caucus set on viewing a bill to end King-Lee joint holiday.

http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/mar/29/black-caucus-delays-vote-ending-king-lee-day-arkan/

This is an official NAACP Call to Action for there to be a Vote in the Arkansas Special Session to remove Robert E. Lee Day from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday.  

If you will add your voice to the efforts outlined above and will join us for our Proclamation Rally to say we stand with the NAACP and with the Governor to move from Proclamation to Legislation, please reply [YES] to this invitation if you plan to be in attendance.

What:  A Prayer Tribute and Proclamation Rally to the 48th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Message: "I've Been to the Mountaintop." 
Time:    2:30pm - 3pm  
Where:  Steps of the Arkansas State Capitol 

Finally, please post and share this with other in your groups and organizations and post on all your social networks. 


Thanks, 

Dale Charles, President
Arkansas State NAACP

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The April 3rd Proclamation Rally II is being timed to coincide with the AR Special Legislative Session.


Background: 

In June of 2015¸ the Arkansas State NAACP initiated a conversation with Governor Asa Hutchinson and his regarding the separation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday that is celebrated on the same day as that of the Robert E. Lee Holiday.  

Happening Now:

Please read the article that appears in Wednesday's, March 30th Arkansas Democrat Gazette entitled Black caucus set on viewing a bill to end King-Lee joint holiday. 

http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/mar/29/black-caucus-delays-vote-ending-king-lee-day-arkan/

This is an official NAACP Call to Action for there to be a Vote in the Arkansas Special Session to remove Robert E. Lee Day from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday.  

If you will add your voice to the efforts outlined above and will join us for our Proclamation Rally to say we stand with the NAACP and with theGovernor to move from Proclamation to Legislation, please reply [YES] to this invitation if you plan to be in attendance.

What:  A Prayer Tribute and Proclamation Rally to the 48th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Message: "I've Been to the Mountaintop." 
Time:    2:30pm - 3pm  
Where:  Steps of the Arkansas State Capitol 

Finally, please post and share this with other in your groups and organizations and post on all your social networks. 

Thanks, 

Dale Charles, President
Arkansas State NAACP

Thanks for your prayers and support.






The Rally's are Being Called to Move from 'Rally to Reality' The AR Legislature must move this to a Vote in the House ASAP.  The Proclamation Rally is Where Our Voices 'Must Be Heard.' TOGETHER AS ONE!

BACKGROUND #giveusthisdayarmlk 

From the Little Rock Nine to the Carolina Nine—
What Says Arkansas on the Issues? 
MLK Holiday Exclusive Celebration| Our Flag| Restoring Our Schools- The State Takeover Concerns| Prison Re-entry and Reform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 Organizers and Proclaimers: AR NAACP| The College of Aspiring Artists| Arkansas Clergy| Legislators| Faith-based Organizations| Educators| Elected and Public Officials| Community-Corporate-Youth Leaders | Activists | Media

The Results Are In: 
At 8am on Friday morning, September 11, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Presidential in Little Rock, Arkansas, the leaders of the Arkansas NAACP convened for the 70th Annual Convention.  The convention kicked off with the AR 9.11 Prayer Breakfast and Roundtable. The Honorable Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson was the keynote speaker.  The theme, “GIVE US THIS DAY” focused on both a humble request and thanks to God for his grace and provisions, but also a strong decree requesting state leaders to make ready and pray forward the plans and the works that must take place for Arkansas to celebrate the MLK Holiday 2016 as an exclusive celebration and thereby no longer being a part of a dual celebration with the Robert E. Lee Day.  The event was sponsored in part by The College of Aspiring Artists with CEO, Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., serving as Facilitator. 
After the moving address by Governor Asa Hutchinson affirming the purpose and passion for AR to move forward and celebrate the MLK Holiday as a day of honor 'exclusively' for Rev. Dr. King, statewide leaders from the arenas of clergy, legislators, faith-based organizations, educators, community, corporate and youth leaders, and activists unanimously agreed that MLK Holiday 2016 and beyond should be an exclusive day of honor for Rev. Dr. King. To God be the Glory. 

This is a historic moment for persons across the nation to come 'together as one' joining the online movement event live or in person by wearing this key awareness symbol and demonstration badge of honor and advocacy. Bracelet owners signify their advocacy for all states to honor the MLK Holiday ‘exclusively’ and no longer share the day with General Robert E. Lee. Arkansas’ Governor Asa Hutchinson has written a letter of support and recently delivered a powerful concurring keynote address at the AR 9.11 NAACP 70th Convention in support of this exclusive day of honor to Rev. Dr. King.  We believe that MLK Day should be focused on giving supreme honor to the Prophet, Rev. Dr. King.  We further believe that the Clergy who stand in this same place today should stand together and declare this to be a 'Holy Day' and that the nation should be united as one.  

This and more was a part of the discussion and working strategies at the prayer breakfast and the new roundtable that has now been activated. The discussion focuses on, “reflecting the past, inspecting the present and projecting the future” in Arkansas’ race relations and especially the advancement for all people color within the state.

Special thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and especially to our 'Table of Honor' list who purchased one or more tables:

*AR Black Legislative Caucus
*AR 12th Episcopal District- AME Church
*AR MLK Commission 
*AR Republican Party
*First Assembly of God, North Little Rock, AR
*Bishop Alfonso Madden 

-Strategy in Motion-

Part I.  How We Got Here- “From the Little Rock Nine to the Carolina Nine—
What Says Arkansas on the Issues?”

On June 17, 2015, Reverend-Senator, Pastor Clementa Pinckney and eight others were killed (sacrificed) by a gunman proclaiming hate for African-Americans inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  From the Little Rock Nine to the Carolina Nine, a focus on how Arkansas led the nation in 1957 and how Arkansas will lead today is high on the discussion. Arkansas’ NAACP, Feel the Movement: From Prophecy to Promise and others are committed to not allowing these sacrifices to be in vain.

Part II.  Where To From Here - How We Do It 
-A strong focus and foundation based on love conveyed with the biblical verse- 
“Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.”

On Monday, January 18, 2016 the Arkansas NAACP will be celebrating the longest-running salute in the state of Arkansas honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the State Capitol. Leaders will continue to discuss and make plans for MLK Holiday 2016 to give the highest honor in statewide unity on the Federal Holiday in his honor from the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol aiming to bring greater harmony in the state and nation.

In addition to the concerns regarding MLK 'Exclusive', there are two other key areas that will be addressed during the Rally (and throughout the year)-
-State of AR School Takeover 
- AR Prison Re-entry and Reform
"GIVE US THIS DAY:" January 18, 2016

WHAT WILL ARKANSANS DO?

Based on the 107 years that the NAACP has led and served in helping to advance similar moments in Arkansas and across the nation, along with the 35 years that the AR NAACP has stood on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol on the MLK Holiday honoring the works and sacrifice of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the resolve proposed herein and going forward is confirming progress and now requests additional support from state leaders in moving these agenda items forward.

In Arkansas, it requires ministers and spiritual surgeons and of persons of many professions such as city councils, lawyers and people of faith to do the successful operation.  It took 20 years in Carolina for a controversial moment to be reset and resolved but the efforts finally paid off.  The shootings forced a change in America and especially in the Governor of SC, Governor Nikki Haley and the Mayor, Joseph P. Riley, Jr., who was also one of the leaders on record calling for the rally.  In Arkansas we will not let their sacrifices nor those of the many persons in our state be in vain. Let the Roundtable and the strategic plans begin and continue to the finish line.

Let's Get it Started:  Add/post your thoughts and comments here or they can be submitted by calling the Arkansas NAACP Headquarters at 501.376.2227 or 870.623.8179.   Check here often for meeting times via phone conference and community gatherings.  Beyond the Prayer Breakfast, a press conference was held at the State Capitol on December 22nd and additional updates can be retrieved on this site or the eventbrite site below.

Here's our Prayerful Petition-  We hereby declare MLK Holiday 2016 Exclusive Honor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Arkansas henceforth and always.