The State of Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the Harrison (Ark.) community has been bolstered by a $10,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation.

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The funds will be used to support educational endeavors, cultural performances, exhibitions and public community outreach projects – throughout the Harrison area – that are both multiethnic and family-oriented.

“The kind of support and generosity provided by the Arvest Foundation is critical to our mission,” said DuShun Scarbrough, executive director of the State of Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. “We are very appreciative of this grant and look forward to engaging in initiatives designed to promote understanding and acceptance of human equality as a way to build community among all of us who call Arkansas home.”

Scott Tennyson, community president for Arvest Bank in Harrison, said the grant reflects the bank’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“It’s important to us to promote and help create an environment where all people are respected and feel valued,” Tennyson said. “We believe the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission does impactful work in that regard and we are so pleased to support its efforts. We trust the foundation’s grant reflects our ongoing commitment to making North Central Arkansas a better place to live, work and play.”