Baton Rouge area honors Dr. Martin Luther King

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Several events are planned for Monday in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Various churches, organizations and community leaders throughout the Baton Rouge area will be celebrating the life of the Civil Rights leader who stood for peace and equality among all individuals. Below is the list of events:

Mt. Zion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program & March 8 a.m.

The Baton Rouge NAACP will host its annual MLK program at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd, in Baton Rouge. The program will commemorate the lives of Rev. King and Rev. T.J. Jemison, the former pastor of Mt. Zion, who died last year. Southern University System President Ronald Mason will be the guest speaker. A brief march will follow the service.

Baton Rouge Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

This awards ceremony will honor community leaders who mirror the image, character, vision, life, and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriot located at 5500 Hilton Avenue. General admission is $40 and VIP Reception and seating is $60.

Southern University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service  7 a.m.-noon

The 2014 MLK Day of Service Community Project would like to invite you to make January 20th a day on, not a day off!  This year's project will be held in the Baton Rouge Area zip code of 70807.  Please encourage others to register today. Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. at Southern University and A&M College (Mini Dome)Working in the 70807 zip code area.
MLK Day of Service volunteers will register at Southern University Mini Dome at 7:00 a.m. have refreshments, and participate in an opening session  at 8:00 a.m. that will focus on the goals for the day.

Following the opening session, MLK Day of Service volunteers will be transported to their designated host site. The host site activities will include painting, litter pickup, landscaping, minor repairs, and room organizing at local elementary, middle, and high schools. Refreshments will also be provided throughout the day.

Venue: Southern University Lab School, P.O. Box 9414, Baton Rouge, LA 70813

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LSU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events

LSU is hosting several events.  "MLK Day of Service" will begin at 8 a.m. at LSU. It's a community volunteer event for LSU and the Baton Rouge Community to help revitalize the area. A vigil will be held at 6 p.m. at LSU Memorial Tower. The MLK Commemorative Celebration will be held Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Lod Cook Conference Center. The keynote speaker will be Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, a social commentator and civil and women's rights activist. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

West Baton Rouge Museum  10 a.m-4:30 p.m.

The West Baton Rouge Museum will be OPEN on Monday from 10am to 4:30pm. There will be 2 showings of the documentary 'The March' at 10:30 am and at 2pm. The documentary (55 minutes) is about the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The film tells about the people who organized and participated with interviews with some of the key actors; members of the inner circles of the core organizations; Hollywood supporters and civil rights campaigners; Kennedy administration officials; and the ordinary people who became part of the crowd of thousands, who thronged to Washington D.C. Visitors may also view the exhibit "Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement" on this day. Free and open to the public.

Plymouth Rock in Plaquemine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program 10 a.m.

Adell Brown, executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for research at Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, will speak at Plymouth Rock Baptist Church of Plaquemine. The program will be held at the church, 58830 Iron Farm Road. The event is organized by the Iberville Parish Ministers' Conference headed by Reverend Lee T. Wesley.

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