by Max Brantley
M.L. KING COMMISSION NEWS RELEASE
(Little Rock, AR)—The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission unveils and announces plans for a new Arkansas License Plate in a NEWS CONFERENCE at 9:30 AM tomorrow, March 11, 2009 at the Ragland Building of the Department of Finance and Administration at 7th and Battery Streets in Little Rock.
“The plans were set in motion a year ago for this event,” says DuShun Scarbrough, AMLKC Executive Director. “And, now, a dream comes true, or to put it another way, ‘A dream delayed is not a dream denied’”
Scarbrough says this is the first time a “specialized” license plate in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has ever been produced for Arkansans who wish to pay tribute to the life, legacy and noble tenets of the slain civil rights leader. At the same time, those who purchase the new plate will be helping the work of the namesake’s State Agency which was created in 1993 “To promote racial harmony, understanding, respect and good will among all citizens…To promote principles of nonviolence…To promote among the people of Arkansas by appropriate activities both awareness and appreciation of the civil rights movement and advocacy of the principles and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr…To develop, coordinate, and advise the Governor and General Assembly of appropriate ceremonies and activities throughout the State relating to…” Dr. King’s dreams and legacy.
The Executive Director for the AMLKC adds that, “Streets are named for Dr. King, a holiday has been named in his honor and now we are able to display his message on vehicles throughout the state. As we travel into other states, that same message can be seen by the simple and succinct message on Arkansas license plates.”
The new plate one gets from DFA has a decal placed on the bottom of the plate covering the section that reads: “THE NATURAL STATE.” The newly-issued plate’s decal will read: ‘LIVE THE DREAM…MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN” and will have Dr. King’s logo in the decal’s center.
Scarbrough explains there will be additional costs for the new plate, “just as one would pay for any other specialty or personalized plate, but the funds raised from the purchase will help the King Commission carry out its state-mandated responsibilities.”
To obtain the new plate with its decal, a vehicle owner must request it at any revenue office in the state, and the plates will be available beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in the Little Rock area and within the next few days thereafter throughout the state.
Scarbrough says the AMLKC will receive $10 from the cost of each new plate to fund “a scholarship we are setting up for students in the state and general program operating costs of the work being done by the Commission.”
Assisting in the unveiling tomorrow will be Tom Drinkwine, General Manager for Denny’s Restaurants in the Little Rock area, and a major corporate partner for the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. Denny’s will be handing out tickets to the first 100 people who purchase the new AMLKC license plate and the ticket may be redeemed at any of the three Denny’s Restaurants in the area: Benton, Shackleford Road or on University Avenue. Additionally, a special one-day event will be held at Denny’s on March 30, 2009. On that day, between the hours of 2:00-10:00 PM, two dollars from each entrée ordered will be earmarked and donated to the AMLKC to assist in the program operating costs of the Commission.