BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For almost 20 years, the West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir has been hosting services on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year, they’re using their platform to sing a message of teamwork and love.
“He wanted to see unity. He wanted to see peace,” Rose Hill Church pastor James Maurice said, referring to King. “He wanted us to be able to come together collectively and move forward the dream that he had.”
Congregations from a number of churches in West Baton Rouge gathered at New Poplar Grove Baptist Church in Port Allen Monday to honor King’s legacy. Pastors from each church gave short sermons, followed by worship songs.
Churchgoers said they were celebrating King’s life, but also using the opportunity to educate their children on the price civil rights leaders paid.
A number of elected officials were in attendance, as well.
“The only way we’re going to accomplish anything is if we work together,” Port Allen mayor Richard Lee said. “That’s the key to accomplishing all your dreams and goals. We as a people have to come together.”