BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – As the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is quickly approaching, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced MLK Holiday BR 2023 — an annual series of initiatives, programs, and service projects honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The celebration is set to begin on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and continue through the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday on Monday, Jan. 16.

“This year’s theme Dare to Dream: Shifting Priorities to Create a Thriving Community reminds us that we must be audacious when creating a community that is prosperous, healthy and safe, ” said Mayor Broome. “Businesses, community organizations, and residents can engage in the MLK celebration through sponsorship, donations, and volunteering for service events.”

Volunteers can sign up at mlkholidaybr.com.

MLK Holiday BR Events

Unity Prayer Brunch

  • When: Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: L’Auberge Casino and Hotel (777 L’Auberge Ave.)
  • What: Partnership with the Gamma Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. Diverse Faith Leaders to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and uplift the Baton Rouge community in prayer.

First Time Homebuyer’s Informational Event

  • When: Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: LSU Health Baton Rouge Clinic (5439 Airline Hwy)
  • What: The Louisiana Housing Corporation and Senator Regina Barrow will discuss available resources, down payment assistance programs, credit counseling, and more. 

MLK Church Service  

  • When: Monday, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Dr.)
  • What: Celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in partnership with the Baton Rouge Branch of NAACP. Immediately after the Church Service, join us for a peace walk, second line led by the Soulistik Brass Band, and reflections at historic landmarks Lincoln Hotel, Webb’s Barber Shop, and the Purple Circle Social Club amplifying stories that remember our past, honor our present, and ignite our future. This will leave from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church to Expressway Park.

MLK Festival of Service 

  • When: Monday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: BREC Expressway Park (935 S. 11th St.)
  • What: Join us for a culminating experience celebrating the progress made throughout the series of events while honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event features food trucks, vendors, performances, and Battle of the Bands between McKinley Senior High and Scotlandville Magnet High.

Community Service Events by Metro Council Members:

Creative Placemaking

Public art projects including painting 

  • District 2 Creative Placemaking
    • Where & When: Jewel J Newman Community Center (2013 Central Rd.) on Jan. 13, 14 & 16 with two shifts available each day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • District 3 Mural, Literacy, and Community Resource Fair
    • Where & When: Hartley/Vey Park at Gardere (1702 Gardere Ln.) on Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • District 7 Creative Placemaking
    • Where & When: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (4000 Gus Young Ave.) on Jan. 13, 14 & 16 with two shifts available each day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • HealthyBR & YMCA Painting
    • Where & When: C. B. Pennington Jr YMCA (15550 Old Hammond Hwy) on Jan. 16 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Clean-Ups

Support removing junk and trash in streets and neighborhoods

  • District 6 Blight Remediation + Community Clean-Up
    • Where & When: 1124 Marque Ann Drive on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Mid City Redevelopment Alliance Historic Sweet Olive Cemetery Clean-Up
    • Where & When: Sweet Olive Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • District 3 Community Clean-Up
    • Where & When: Hartley/Vey at Gardere (1702 Gardere Ln.) on Monday, Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Community Gardening

Support the building of new community gardens and enhancement of existing community gardens providing fresh foods to the community

  • Baton Roots Gardening
    • Where & When: Clarksdale Community Garden (801 Swan St.) on Friday, Jan. 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Baton Roots Gardening
    • Where & When: Capitol High School (1000 N 23rd St.) on Monday, Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • District 5 Community Garden Building
    • Where & When: Charles R. Kelly Community Center (3535 Riley St.) on Monday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Current sponsors and partners for MLK Holiday BR 2023 include Humana, Coca-Cola, AHF Healthcare, Emergent Method, Walls Project and NAACP Baton Rouge.

Interested sponsors and donors are encouraged to visit mlkholidaybr.com/sponsor.