BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many events are happening around the Baton Rouge area to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Baton Rouge NAACP will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. program at 8 a.m. at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, which is located at 356 TJ Jemison Boulevard in Baton Rouge. This year’s keynote speaker is Mayor Sharon Weston Broome. A freedom march will begin after the church service.
LSU will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with several events this week. It starts with a day of service on Monday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. A commemorative program will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. There will be also be a performing arts night and a candlelight vigil on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. A unity reception will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS
The “One Blood” Committee is holding its “One Blood Revival Press Conference Breakfast” at Oak Lodge Reception and Conference Center in Baton Rouge on Martin Luther King Day at 8 a.m. More than 120 Pastors from Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas are invited to the conference. At the Press Conference Breakfast, details will be given about the upcoming “One Blood Revival” to be held April 12 and 13 at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge General is hosting two services honoring the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first ceremony will be held at BRG’s Mid City campus at 9 a.m. in the chapel and the second service will be at the Bluebonnet campus at 11 a.m. in conference rooms 1 and 2. Valet parking is available at both campuses. The public is invited to attend.
A march will take place in LaPlace at 9 a.m. The route will take marchers up Belle Pointe Boulevard, then down Airline Highway to the St. John Parish Government Building, which is located at 1811 West Airline Highway. Those interested in marching are asked to begin lining up at 8 a.m. at the intersection of 400 Ory Drive and Belle Pointe Boulevard. A rally will immediately follow the march.
The West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir will hold its 18th annual MLK Jr. program. The event will take place at the New Poplar Grove Baptist Church at 2303 Court Street in Port Allen. It will start at 10 a.m.
The New Roads NAACP will host a Martin Luther King Jr. program at the Scott Civic Center, located at 1200 Major Parkway in New Roads. It will start at 10 a.m.
On the West Bank of St. John Parish, the West St. John Civic Association will hold its annual march and memorial program beginning at noon. The march will begin at the Roland Borne, Sr. Memorial Library located at 2979 LA 18 and will travel along River Road to West. St. John Elementary, where a memorial program will take place.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zachary Committee will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King walk. Participants will leave from Zachary City Hall, located at 4700 Main Street, at 6 p.m. The walk will end at New Pilgrim Baptist Church, located at 4415 Old Weis Road, where a memorial celebration will begin. This years' theme is UNITY: “We are One.” Transportation will be provided from New Pilgrim Baptist Church to Zachary City Hall for those participating in the march. You are asked to arrive at the church for 5:15 p.m. to access transportation to Zachary City Hall.