Delta Rhythm & Bayous director to keynote MLK observance

Jimmy Cunningham, Jr.
Jimmy Cunningham, Jr.

Delta Rhythm and Bayous Alliance executive director, Jimmy Cunningham, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Holiday celebration and awards ceremony on January 14 at Lake Village. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Chicot County is hosting the event.

As Delta Rhythm and Bayous Alliance director, Cunningham oversaw securing a designation by the Arkansas legislature for U.S. Highway 65 South from Pine Bluff to Eudora to be named the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway. The organization’s goals include working with U.S. Highway 65 South cities in the corridor of Pine Bluff, Nobel Lake, Gould, Tillar, Dumas, Dermott, McGehee, Eudora, Lake Village and Greenville, Miss. Cunningham is also author of two books, Delta Music and Film and African Americans in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.

Three individuals will be recognized and receive awards for their community service: philanthropist, Laurie Black of Lake Village; retired judge Don Glover of Dermott; and retired educator, Jewel Grant of Dermott.

The celebration and ceremony will be held on January 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the The Vision Center, located at 512 Hwy 65 and 82 in Lake Village. Dr. Calvin Johnson of Pine Bluff will serve as Master of Ceremony.

Advance ticket purchase of $20 includes a meal, beverages and program support. For tickets, call:

Martha Jones or Julia Harden at 870-866-0162
Faye Parker at 870-538-8541
Juanita Burton at 870-355-1981
Johnetta Dillard at 404-493-6579
Charles Giles at 870-222-7341
Onie Norman at 501-804-2538
or Molly Bratton at 870-222-9130

About the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Chicot County
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Chicot County mission is to foster positive collaborations between the diversity in Chicot County and the surrounding areas; to host programs and services which exemplify the teachings of Dr. King; and to observe and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

About the Delta Rhythm and Blues Bayou Alliance
The Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance, a non-profit organization representing cities along or near Highway 65 South/Bayou Bartholomew corridor, was formed in 2016 to organize the area’s cultural and historical narrative to promote public education, cultural heritage tourism; and invigorate local economies in the area’s music, arts and geological distinctions.

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