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The purpose of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is to:
Promote racial harmony; understanding; community service, respect and goodwill among all citizens
Promote principles of nonviolence
Promote awareness and appreciation of the Civil Rights movement and advocacy of the principles and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Develop, coordinate and advise the Governor and General Assembly of ceremonies and activities throughout the state relating to the observance of Dr. King's Holiday
The Commission is guided by Dr. King's teachings and philosophy of love, tolerance, and nonviolence. It strives for social improvement in Arkansas, helping communities and organizations achieve new levels of leadership and public service. The Commission works directly with youth and others, encouraging them to embrace alternatives to violence and discover their common humanity. Through activities that stress racial and cultural diversity, the Commission offers Arkansas youth a new understanding of the important roles they play in the communities, now and in the future.