The Arkansas Department of Education announced today that it will livestream the 2018 MEGA KINGFEST event, one of the nation’s largest MLK Day celebrations.

The event will take place on January 15 at North Little Rock High School. ADE will partner with the Arkanasas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission to livestream the event, as it did last year when the event took place at Little Rock Central High School. More than 2,000 Arkansans attended the event last year. 


Of course, this year’s MLK Day celebration in Arkansas will be different, with the holiday finally untethered from its association with Robert E. Lee.

In ADE’s press release, DuShun Scarbrough, executive director of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, reflected on the significance of this year’s celebration:


I am excited about the events happening across the state during King Week 2018. This is the first year following the historic separation of the King-Lee holiday that was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in March 2017. This also is the commission’s 25th anniversary, and we wanted to make sure we formed as many partnerships as possible to increase our outreach statewide. I am especially excited about the partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education to live stream the program across the nation. All of the events during King Week are free and open to the public, and we invite everyone to get involved through attendance or volunteerism.

The livestream will be available here.

For more information on the commission’s events to honor King’s legacy over the course of the week, see here.