january, 2020

20jan12:00 pm1:00 pmDr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil

MLK Day Vigil


Event Details

The Associated Student Government and the Black Students Association at the University of Arkansas invite the campus and community to celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual vigil at noon on Monday, Jan. 20, in the Arkansas Union Verizon Ballroom, on the fifth floor of the Arkansas Union.

The vigil will occur at the end of the annual march and is part of a full day of events hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Council. The vigil is free and open to the public. There will be a coffee bar for those in attendance.

This year’s vigil will include remarks from multiple speakers as well as a performance by the Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church. The speakers at the 2020 vigil include a keynote address by Joseph W. Daniels III and members of the student body.

Daniels is an enthusiastic scholar, leader, mentor and community builder. He earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering at the University of Arkansas. He is currently working as a design engineer. At the University of Arkansas, Daniels served two terms as president of the Black Graduate Student Association.

As president, Daniels hosted “Tapestry: Courageous Conversations about Race,” offering a platform for students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss racial and social justice issues. He also assisted in the planning and coordination of the 2016 and 2017 Attracting Intelligent Minds Conference, a conference specifically aimed to recruit top African-American students to University of Arkansas graduate programs. He believes in building community through social justice, economic empowerment, and intentional relationship building through an initiative called Build Community Through Love.

The Black Students Association serves to promote the educational, moral, and cultural awareness among black students at the University of Arkansas. Their goal is to provide a forum from which scholarly decisions are made that promote educational success of minorities in higher education.

The Associated Student Government at the University of Arkansas is a student-led organization that acts as an organized voice for all students and strives to effectively represent student interest.

This event is sponsored by Associated Student Government through the Office of Student Activities and is supported by the Student Activities Fee. For questions or for accommodations due to disability please contact the Office of Student Activities, osa@uark.edu or call 479-575-5255. ASG is a program in the Division of Student Affairs.


(Monday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Verizon Ballroom, Arkansas Union