Arkansas Tech to Celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy Jan. 15

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Arkansas Tech University will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2024 on Monday, Jan. 15.

The ATU campuses in Russellville and Ozark will be closed for the holiday, which recognizes the 95th anniversary of King’s birth. A federal holiday scheduled to coincide with his birthday has been observed since 1986.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day service event for Arkansas Tech students scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15, has been postponed due to inclement weather. Information about the rescheduling of that event will be added to this article as it becomes available.

Send e-mail to Megan Bell, coordinator of civic and community engagement and leadership development in the ATU Department of Campus Life, at for more information about the service event.

Arkansas Tech has incorporated a community service project into its observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day since 2016.

During that first project eight years ago, ATU students, faculty and staff packed 37,000 non-perishable meals for neighbors in need. The following year, a similar community service project aligned with ATU’s observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day provided 40,000 meals for people who are food insecure in the Arkansas River Valley.

Learn more about the namesake of the holiday at