MLK Commission hosts youth event in PB

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission partnered with St. James United Methodist Church to host a Unity in the Community Youth Extravaganza on Sunday that drew nearly 250 people according to a spokesman.

AMLKC executive director DuShun Scarbrough said the event is an annual occurrence and is held in a different town every year.

“The whole purpose of this is to unite the community and empower youth during this time of year,” Scarbrough said. “We provided information about back-to-school preparation and gave them a positive message about going back to school. Miss UAPB Alexis Cole and Fourth Ward Alderman Steven Mays spoke.”

Scarbrough said the festivities included food, a dunking booth, obstacle courses and the Real Rock Riders motorcycle club, whose members gave rides to children.

Scarbrough said the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department and the Pine Bluff Police Department participated in the event.

“We had demonstrations from Master Anderson Taekwondo and a performance by the Kid Smart rap group,” Scarbrough said.

“I want to thank Rev. Henry “Hank” Wilkins for agreeing to host this event,” Scarbrough said.