Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announces Statewide Simultaneous Back to School Supply Giveaway Tour

The mission of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, a division of the Arkansas Department of Education, is to promote and preserve the life and legacy of Dr. King in our state; and to promote the principles of nonviolence and equality among all citizens. Our community outreach projects are designed to promote education, an appreciation for history, and to encourage youth to engage in positive leadership development and roles within their communities.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission works directly with communities across the state to promote the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These programming efforts are a way to help the youth achieve Dr. King’s dream of understanding and acceptance of nonviolence and human equality through building common unity among all Arkansans. The Commission will host a Back to School Statewide Supply Tour, Saturday, August 14, 2022, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM at various locations throughout the state. Free school supplies will be distributed simultaneously at each location on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. The Commission partners with several organizations to host nonpartisan activities throughout the state.

“This is our fifth annual “Back to School” Supply Tour. We rotate cities throughout all four congressional districts. We are pleased to once again partner with WalMart to provide hundreds of families school supplies for the upcoming school year. In partnership with US Bank, we will also provide information on financial literacy and home buying for kids to take home to families. We feel as though we can reach families through kids, after all, this an opportunity for families to come together. With supply chain interruptions and inflations, this will help parents get a jump on school supplies ahead of the school year, says DuShun Scarbrough. This is great relief for parents who may already have challenges buying food, clothes, and getting haircuts for children. What’s even more remarkable for this event is that we’ve added rural locations in Arkansas where the outreach is greatly needed.”

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Free School Supply Giveaway

Norphlet Middle School Gym 700 School Street
Norphlet, Arkansas 71730

Stuttgart Police Department 514 South Main
Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160

1112 Vine Street Batesville, Arkansas 72501

Temple of Restoration Church of God in Christ 10610 Chicot Road
Little Rock, Arkansas 72209

St. Peters Rock MBC
100 N. Cherry, Dumas, Arkansas

New Faith Missionary Baptist Church 3800 South Fir Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603

520 South Lincoln Lowell, Arkansas 72745

Antioch Baptist Church 799 Highway 332 East Hope Deanna, Arkansas 71801

Program partners: WalMart, Power 92 Jams, KOKY 102.1, the Praise Network, US Bank, Victory Over Violence

For more information, contact DuShun Scarbrough at 888-290-KING