How it all began 
Minutes from the General Membership meeting that started it all

Little Rock, Arkansas, December 2, 1991 - The Little Rock and North Little Rock Branches of the NAACP, The State of Arkansas, The City of Little Rock, Muskie Harris' Corporate Arkansas, the Daisy Bates Women's Guild, and the Civil Liberties Institute, will sponsor the annual 1992 Martin Luther King Day, Jr., Marade (march and parade) Monday, January 20, 1992. (Marade time 11:00 am.)

    The Marade climaxes the weekend of events whose theme "The Festival of People Celebrations" encompasses the focus of Dr. King's life work. In Central Arkansas, the participants are being recruited across the state to enter: marching bands, walking groups, moving vehicles (bicycles, motorcycles, vans, cars, etc.) animals and floats. For the first

time, cash prizes will be given to the best entries in the categories listed above. All entries will be judged by a panel of selected


    This year's celebration will captivate a historic event. Highlighting the weekend activities will be the renaming of High Street, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the permanent placing of Mrs. Daisy Bates' portrait in the State Capitol. We have also extended an invitation to all 1992 Presidential Candidates, to participate as Marade Marshals.

A reception will follow at Dunbar Community Center for all honored guests. Mrs. Annie Abrams will again serve as MARADE coordinator for additional information:

  • Mrs. Annie Abrams, MLK Marade Coordinator

  • Little Rock Branch, NAACP Dale Charles

  • North Little Rock, NAACP Lorene Joshua

  • J.D. Hyman and Associates