The University of Central Arkansas Office of Diversity and Community will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the annual MLK Prayer Breakfast Friday, Jan. 12 in the Student Center Ballroom.

The official program begins at 9 a.m., and breakfast begins at 8:15 a.m.

The breakfast is held each year to celebrate the spiritual legacy and moral courage that Dr. Martin Luther King brought to the social justice movement. This year’s theme is “Where Do We Go From Here?”

The keynote speaker will be Sen. Joyce Elliott. Elliott is a member of the Arkansas Senate, where she has served since 2009, representing District 31 in Little Rock. A former Arkansas State Representative, she was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in November 2000. In December 2006, she finished her final term in the House due to term limits.

Her major legislative committee service includes Education, Judiciary, Commerce, Insurance and Commerce, and Budget. Elliott focuses on building world-class public education systems, k-12 through higher education, socioeconomic justice, criminal justice, pursuit of a high quality of life for marginalized populations, and helping create a oneness across lines of separation among Arkansans and beyond.

A retired teacher, Elliott has been and continues to be a leader in organizations such as the Southern Region Education Board, National Conference of State Legislatures, the Southern Region Education Board, the Women’s Legislative Lobby and the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a progressive group of legislators from all 50 states dedicated to restoring a sense of political equilibrium to statehouses around the country. Locally she serves on the board of Just Communities of Central Arkansas and the Milton P. Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy. She also serves on the board of the National Center on Education and Economy.

For more information or to confirm attendance, contact diversity@uca.edu.