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Several events announced in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A march to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in 2015 (Source: WAFB) A march to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in 2015 (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Several events are planned 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:

Audubon attractions in New Orleans, including the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, Butterfly Garden, and Giant Screen Theater will be open to honor Martin Luther King Jr.


The Walls Project is going to help spruce up Baton Rouge in order to make MLK Day a “day on,” instead of a day off. More information about volunteer work in East Baton Rouge can be found HERE


LSU will hold numerous events for Martin Luther King Day, including a food drive and day of service. More information on LSU MLK Day events can be found HERE


Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a remembrance program on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Open to the public, the event is sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.

The event will begin with a candlelight processional, which will start in front of the University Avenue pedestrian tunnel next to the Pennington Student Activity Center and end at the Memorial Fountain in the Presidential Plaza located behind Fayard Hall. The ceremony will conclude with remarks and reflection on King’s life and impact.  

For additional information, contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 985-549-3850.


Governmental offices in Ascension Parish will close in observance of MLK Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission HQ in Baton Rouge will be closed on Monday in observance. All automated services, including HiRE and their automated telephone line are available 24/7 to file unemployment claims.

All locations of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closed in observance of MLK day.

The City of Gonzales City Hall, Police, and Fire Department administrative offices will be closed on Monday, regular business hours resume on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Police and Fire authorities will still be working their usual shifts, so you may contact them if you have any emergencies.

Thibodaux City Offices and the Warren J. Jarang Municipal Auditorium will be closed on Monday. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday.


The Baton Rouge Police Department and The Young Leaders’ Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc. will be distributing cold weather items and serving bowls of soup from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Greater St. Luke Baptist Church, 132 N. 23rd Street on Monday, January 18, 2016.


In Baker, a Legacy March will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Baker Municipal Center on Monday, January 18. The march will be followed by a celebration program including guest speaker Michael A.V. Mitchell.


The American Red Cross is calling for volunteers to help distribute fire alarms to homes that need them. The Red Cross and its partners will meet at Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road, at 9 a.m. Monday before training and heading into the neighborhood to meet with residents, share critical fire safety information and install smoke alarms as needed. 


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