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Razorbacks celebrate MLK Day

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks celebrate MLK Day

FAYETTEVILLE – Members of the Razorback Athletics program partnered with others in the University community and throughout Northwest Arkansas, on Monday, to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a variety of events on the University of Arkansas campus.Razorback student-athletes representing several teams as well as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long and other athletic department administrators and staff participated in a number of events organized by the Northwest Arkansas MLK Planning Committee to commemorate the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader.Long addressed a crowd of more than 100 people who gathered in a parking lot adjacent to the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street for a short ceremony prior to the annual MLK March."What a wonderful day to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," Long said. "We celebrate all that he did, all that he stood for and all of those who he inspired."Long encouraged those gathered to embrace Dr. King’s call to service. He noted that his message and challenge to all of us to serve our fellow man still rings true more than 40 years after his passing. "He was one of the most influential men of the 20th century." Long said. "This year would have marked his 82nd birthday. Dr. King had many messages. But I always felt one of the most important messages that resonated with me was one of service. He asked ‘What have you done for others?’ I think it is important to note he didn’t ask what have others done, he asked what have you done for others? "Student-athletes at the University of Arkansas have logged more than 2,500 hours of community service in each of the past two years. Long shared that the more than 460 student-athletes have worked with 65 different organizations in that time. Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. And while Long says we have come a long way in the last 25 years, he told the marchers there is still much to be accomplished."In a few minutes, we will begin our march," Long said. "Today we march to remember Dr. King’s dream and to remember we how far we have come. But also we march to demonstrate the understanding that we have much, much more to do."Following the short ceremony, marchers traveled from Dickson Street to the Arkansas Student Union for a vigil in the Union Ballroom. More than 350 were on hand to hear speakers ranging from Associated Student Government President Billy Fleming to Chancellor Dave Gearhart. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Charles Robinson, Vice Provost for Diversity and the Director of African American Studies. Robinson challenged those in attendance to take the rituals that we often associate with the celebration of MLK Day and turn them into a routine of embracing diversity and service opportunities throughout the year.The day began with 50 Razorback student-athletes interacting with children in the community as part of youth activities. Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team coached, officiated and played with kids in a variety of sports. While the day began with youth activities, the day culminated with student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators attending the Martin Luther King Jr. Recommitment Banquet at the Fayetteville Town Center. Charles O. Stewart, retired banker, Arkansas community leader and noted humanitarian, was the featured speaker for the banquet.



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