BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Every year, the U.S. honors a man who earned international acclaim for leading America’s nonviolent movement against Jim Crow laws and other forms of racial discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s. 

On the third Monday of every January, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is commemorated with the federal holiday that was named in his honor.

This year, the holiday falls on Jan. 16, and Baton Rouge will host a number of events that highlight King’s role in America’s Civil Rights Movement.

Some of those events are listed below.

Pathway to Progress

Event: Pathway to Progress

Host: Safe Hopeful Healthy Baton Rouge 

Location: Jewel J. Newman Community Center, 2013 Central Road Baton Rouge

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16

Event Details: This beautification project aims to paint fun designs on the steps, wall, and benches leading over the I-110 North Overpass, ending at Scotlandville Magnet High School.

Volunteers are encouraged to register at mlkholidaybr.com/volunteer

For more information, contact (225) 77-JEWEL or email jjncc@brla.gov.


MLK Day of Service (LSU)

Event: MLK Day of Service

Host: Louisiana State University 

Location: Various locations in Baton Rouge

When: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16

Event Details: Volunteers from LSU and from communities across Baton Rouge are invited to unite and work together on various service projects. Volunteers must complete a waiver, which can be requested by via email: lsumlkcommittee@gmail.com   

Volunteers are also asked to wear masks, tennis shoes and attire that is appropriate for service work. 


Walking in Legacy- District 5 Community Garden Building

Event: Walking in Legacy– District 5 Community Garden Building

Host: City of Baton Rouge, various organizations 

Location: Charles R. Kelly Community Center 3535 Riley St., Baton Rouge

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16

Event Details: Volunteers will engage in a day of service centering around the establishment and maintenance of a community garden behind the Charles R. Kelly Community Center. The community garden will provide people in the area with fresh foods.


Walking in Legacy- Church Service and Peace Walk

Event: Walking in Legacy– Church Service & Peace Walk

Host: City of Baton Rouge, various organizations 

Location: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, Baton Rouge

When: 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16

Event Details: After a 9 a.m. service at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, the City of Baton Rouge and other organizations will sponsor an 11 a.m. peace walk, second line and historical reflections event for the community.


City of Baker MLK Program

Event: City of Baker MLK Program: Speaking Up Against Injustice

Host: City of Baker

Location: 3325 Groom Road Baker, La. 70714

Date/Time: Monday, January 16 / 11 a.m.

Event Details: Guests will enjoy refreshments while observing the dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. The program will also include the City of Baker School System’s ‘MLK Literary and Visual Arts Contest.’


Book Drive to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Event: National Charity League, Inc. hosts book drive to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Host: River Road Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. and Baton Rouge Books

Date/Time: Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon

Location: 227 Florida Boulevard

Event Details: Members of the community are invited to drop off books at Baton Rouge Books. The books should be suitable for children in pre-kindergarten to the 6th grade.

King was born on Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated on April 4, 1968.

President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King Jr. Day into law in 1983, but the holiday was not officially observed in all 50 states until 2000.