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Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

MLK Day 2021 video clipJanuary 17, 2021

Note: The following is from emails sent to the Ouachita community by Dr. Ben Sells, Ouachita president.

On Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, our country and university celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It marks the 53rd anniversary of King’s death and his 92nd birthday. This video features members of the Ouachita community reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. King with reference to this year’s university theme, “reasoned engagement with the world.”

Due to the pandemic, most of the traditional community events have been canceled. However, there will be the MLK Parade/March on Monday beginning at 2 p.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church (307 North 16th Street) and ending at the Clark County Gazebo, where there will be a short celebration. Dr. Sells will be marching and sharing a brief message and has invited the campus community to join him.

This parade/march was originally organized in the early 1980s by a Ouachita graduate, the late Reverend A. William Terry, who pastored Mount Olive Baptist Church. The current pastor, his son Llewelyn, also a Ouachita graduate, continues to give community leadership for this day. Dr. Lewis Shepherd, special assistant to the president at Ouachita, also has been instrumental in plans for the day.