The Office of Multicultural Student Services at the University of Central Arkansas plans a prayer breakfast 9-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., according to a news release.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 21.

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast will be held in the Student Center Ballroom, No. 205.

Keynote speaker is Thelma Moton, founder and executive director of Choosing to Excel, an organization dedicated to educating and encouraging youths to make "healthy choices," according to the group’s website.

Moton supports building "strong character" and has worked to reduce out-of-wedlock births among teenagers in Arkansas, according to her profile at Choose Excel.

The theme of this year’s prayer breakfast is "Evolution of the Dream," according to UCA’s news release. The breakfast event marks the 50th anniversary of King’s March on Washington, D.C. in 1963, and celebrates the spiritual legacy, the moral courage and fortitude of King, who was a leader in social justice and civil rights reform issues.

The event is free and open to the public.