The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

"Delta to DC Diversity Tour, Thanksgiving, 2013, Martin Luther King Memorial

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

The Delta Grassroots Caucus would like to praise the “Thanks For Giving 2013 Delta To DC Diversity Tour, Thanksgiving Weekend, Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington, DC, in which 40 to 50 community representatives and volunteers from the Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Mississippi Delta region will travel to Washington, DC and return as community ambassadors of diversity, creativity and volunteerism.

We encourage our partners in the region to support this program of bringing community and representatives to Washington, DC, and for our network based in the Washington, DC, please come to parts of this event, and the schedule is below along with a statement from Rev. Arthur Hunt, CEO of The College of Aspiring Artists. Please contact Rev. Hunt for more information about this great activity for our region in commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this, the first Thanksgiving beyond the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Rev. Hunt’s contact information is: Phone—(870) 623-8179; Email: For tour rates, details and additional information including official program and how to donate/support the tour and Thanksgiving at the MLK Memorial.

Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D. The College of Aspiring Artists, CEO Senior Pastor, Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith 870.623.8179 (direct) 866.531.2359

Another contact doing vital work based in Washington, DC is Eugene Dewitt Kinlow and is also available at (202) 320-7040 and at

We are sending this messge out in the spirit of “Let us find the good and praise it.”

Among the many, many partners for this enterprise are the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, many faith-based organizations, universities and colleges, public school educators, grassroots leaders, young people, and other institutions across the region and in Washington, DC are collaborating on this effort.

Here is a statement from Rev. Hunt summarizing the event:

“Thanksgiving Weekend MLK Memorial, DC; Saturday, November 30, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thanks For Giving: 2013 Delta to DC Diversity Tour; A Celebration of Dreams, Love, Creativity and Unity”

“The Nation Gathers to Honor and Give Thanks, with and for: Pastors/Prophets/Creative Talents/Dreamers/Spiritual Leaders/Innovative Thinkers/Community-Civic-Governmental Leaders”

Community Partners Giving Back/Empowering Volunteers—A set time and place for corporate and community leaders to say,”Thanks for Giving;” Yes, for Rev. Dr. King, but also to volunteers and leaders who support their businesses, programs and outreach efforts giving their time and resources year after year.

This year, timed to coincide with the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend—Passing the torch to today’s leaders and preparing community leaders/servants for the upcoming 2014 commemorative and community empowerment event. We believe this is important for many reasons, but on this day because this is the first Thanksgiving beyond the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Beginning with tribute of thanks from this location can inspire millions to stop the violence and conduct of hate and again to commit to the principles of love and non-violence practiced by Rev. King.

Thanks for giving: 2013 Delta to DC Diversity Tour—40 to 50 community representatives and volunteers from the AR-LA-MS-TN Delta will travel to DC and return as community ambassadors of diversity, creativity and volunteerism.

This touring conference combines outreach with community and faith-based organizations and institutions to better reach and empower each delegate to return and more greatly assist in their communities where many persons are faced with complexities including but not limited to Food Insecurity—Poverty—Crime—Drugs—Unemployment, etc.

Special moments to include but are not limited to touring of historic landmarks and Project Eden, founded in 2012. Project Eden is an innovative youth-led urban garden initiative that brings fresh fruits and vegetables, workforce development, and transitional employment opportunities to underserved youth and adults in Southeast Washington, DC.


  1. Thursday, November 28, 2013, Thanksgiving Day—Various delgates meet and depart—Departure locations: Dumas—1 p.m.; Pine Bluff, 3 p.m.; Little Rock—4 p.m.; Memphis, 6 p.m.

  2. Friday, November 29, 2013—Arrive DC at Crystal Crowne Plaza Hotel, Washington National Airport; Address, 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202

  3. Friday: 12 to 5 DC Touring and Dinner and return to hotel

  4. Saturday—MLK Memorial Supreme Day of Prayer– 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  5. Sunday—bus departs and returns for AR arriving Monday exact times TBA

CONTACT: Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D.; Email:; phone—(870) 623-8179