BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor Melvin L. "Kip" Holden's Office is teaming up with the Capital Area United Way, Southern University, Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and other organizations to make this Martin Luther King Holiday "a day on, not a day off."
"The activities on Monday will give residents the opportunity to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by working to improve our city, and to make it stronger and healthier," Mayor Holden said. "I can't think of a more appropriate way to pay tribute to him."
More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to turn out Monday to celebrate MLK Day by working to revitalize neighborhoods in the Scotlandville area. The volunteers will meet at the F.G. Clark Activity Center on the Southern University campus at 7 a.m., listen to an opening ceremony and spend the rest of the morning working on various community improvement projects coordinated by the Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter. Activities will include landscaping, painting, removing debris and performing minor renovations. Volunteers will receive a complimentary lunch and refreshments.
"Martin Luther King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all, and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be," said Darrin Goss, Sr., President/CEO of Capital Area United Way. "By serving on Monday and throughout the year, we honor Dr. King and help realize his dream of equality and opportunity for all."
After the service projects are concluded, a Community Resource Fair and Health Truck Roundup will be held from noon until 4 p.m. at F.G. Clark Activity Center, where various organizations will offer free health screenings and information about community services. The Fair was organized by Mayor Holden's Healthy BR program and the Capital Area United Way, and will include several of their partner agencies. The event will coincide with a full slate of youth-oriented activities coordinated by City Year and the Boys and Girls Club to keep kids and teens busy with MLK themed activities.
Participants in the Resource Fair/Health Truck Round Up will include:
- BREC on the GEAUX
- OLOL Children's Hospital Health Project (health education and BMI screenings)
- Woman's Hospital (partnering with Mary Bird Perkins to offer physician directed breast exams and screening mammograms to women 40 yrs and over)
- Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center (cancer prevention and early education)
- EBR Parish Library Bookmobile
The Kids Zone is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club, and will feature arts, crafts and other activities that reflect on the meaning of the day and the life and legacy of Dr. King. Scheduled activities will include face painting, a photo booth, ring toss games, spin art and more. Refreshments will include hot dogs and cotton candy. There will also be a Teen Zone that will feature Scavenger Hunt activities.
Laura Hamm, executive director and Vice President of City Year Baton Rouge, said that the MLK Service Day offers her organization's 64 corps members a special opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and will help inspire them to "make his dream a reality each and every day."
This year's MLK Service Day activities are supported by a grant from Volunteer Louisiana in the Office of Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Other participating organizations include East Baton Rouge Parish School System and Communities in Schools.
Information from the Office of Mayor Kip Holden.