Service projects, other events planned for King holiday

Citizens march in downtown Baton Rouge for the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday.
Citizens march in downtown Baton Rouge for the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Several service projects and other events are scheduled in the Baton Rouge area for the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A program was held before the annual parade at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in downtown Baton Rouge. The key speaker was Dr. Lloyd Benson of the Cathedral World Worship Center. Benson asked for unity throughout the community and among all races and faiths. He also spoke to gun violence in the black community.

"Dr. King was about non-violence, I'm the same in illegal guns in the hands of criminals should not be," Benson said. "They take the lives of innocent people."

The group marched from the church to near the governmental building, where they had lunch. The crowd was thin this year because many dignitaries are at the president's inauguration.

Southern University students will join area law enforcement agencies and Mayor-President Kip Holden's office to clean up schools and homes in the 70805 zip code. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Living Faith Christian Center on Winbourne Avenue. Click here for more on the day of service

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration will kick off at LSU at 8 a.m. when members of the university community depart the LSU Student Union for the "Day of Service." Click here for more

A candlelight vigil and march on the LSU campus will take place at 6 p.m. It begins at Memorial Tower and ends at the student union.

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