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Floyd to speak at MLK inaugural ceremony Jan. 14

Floyd to speak at MLK inaugural ceremony Jan. 14

Jan 5, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Baptist Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, has been announced as the keynote minister for Arkansas’ inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Exclusive scheduled for Jan. 14-15 in downtown Little Rock.

2018 marks 50 years since the death of King, as well as the first year that Arkansas has celebrated its first exclusive King federal holiday.

Previously, Arkansas celebrated Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day as Martin Luther King Jr. A new Arkansas law designates the King holiday as the Monday of January, as dictated by federal law; Lee will now be commemorated in a state holiday on the second Saturday of October.

The two days of honor related to King’s birthday are intended to “salute and honor all clergy who are keeping the faith as Rev. Dr. King and others in his day did on behalf of their walk with God,” according to event promotion. The theme for the festivities is We Have Decided to Be United.

Floyd, who also serves as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, USA, will speak at the inaugural ceremony at the state Capitol at noon, Monday, Jan. 15. Attendance at the inaugural ceremony is free, but attendees are encouraged to register online.

Additionally, C. Dennis Edwards, senior pastor, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock, will deliver the keynote message at the inaugural gala at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Little Rock. Ten couples will be honored as pioneer legacy leaders.

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