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The City of Arkadelphia, Arkansas will be developing a memorial park honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most notable civil rights leader of our time. The following will outline the project along with opportunities to support and contribute to the project that will benefit not only the City of Arkadelphia but also the state of Arkansas.

Vision Statement

Your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity and worth

Sharing Stories from their lives growing up in Arkadelphia, the citizens inspired a memorial to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that would also serve as a new city park. In Dr. King’s 1967 speech, “What Is Your Life Blueprint?” he uses the importance of a “good, solid blueprint” to illustrate the significance of planning one’s life.

The design of the new park pulls specifically from two passages in the speech, “your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth,” and, as he goes on to say, your plan should include “the determination to achieve excellence.”

The goal is a park that reflects a commitment to providing a solid foundation. Because of the park’s central location, surrounding neighborhoods, schools, churches, and businesses have access.
The memorial site provides an educational setting with gathering places for school and civic groups to learn local history. It is a place for the entire community to enjoy splash fountains, a “youth empowerment zone” featuring an inclusive play area, basketball courts, and restrooms.

The streetscapes lend themselves to the idea that the area is for all who wish to learn and communicate the message of Dr. King’s speech to “Be the best of whatever you are.”

Be the best of

whatever you are

Leadership Team

Dr. Hill

Dr. Hill

Honorary Chairman

Dr. Fitz Hill is the former president of Arkansas Baptist College. In 2006, Hill was selected as the 13th president of the 129-year-old Arkansas Baptist College. Previously, Hill was the San Jose State Spartans head football coach. Read More…

Mitch Bettis

Mitch Bettis

Honorary Co-Chairman

Mitch Bettis is the owner of Arkansas Business Publishing Group — the award-winning digital marketing and media company founded in 1995. Before joining Arkansas Business, Mitch oversaw GateHouse Media’s 19 Read More…
Rolan L. Gosey

Rolan L. Gosey

Chairman

Gosey is the owner and managing funeral director of Williams Funeral Home in Arkadelphia. He is a 1996 graduate of Arkadelphia High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. Read More…
Dr. Scott Byrd

Dr. Scott Byrd

City Mayor

Dr. Byrd is a 1984 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry; four- year Army ROTC Scholarship; and Distinguished Military Graduate. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1989 Read More…

Gary Brinkley

Gary Brinkley

City Manager

Brinkley attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he earned a BBA in Real Estate and Computer Information Systems. He began his professional career managing shopping malls in Fort Worth and Cleburne, Texas. Read More…

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