Martin Luther King Jr. Day: how to celebrate the civil rights icon in Louisiana

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and south Louisiana residents have a variety of events to attend to commemorate the legendary life and accomplishments of the greatest American civil rights leader.

The following is a list of some local events and celebrations, in order of the dates they will occur:

MLK Fest 2020

MLK Fest 2020 will enable volunteers to work together painting, removing trash and helping to beautify areas of Plank Road in Baton Rouge, including Choctaw Drive and Chippewa Street.

The City of Baton Rouge and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome are involved with this collective volunteerism opportunity, which began Friday and will last until Tuesday.

Click here for more information.

Tulane University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

This event will take place Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tulane University.

Students from Dillard University, Tulane University, Loyola University of New Orleans and the University of New Orleans will participate in service learning activities with community leaders in New Orleans.

Kids’ Orchestra will perform at Heritage Manor of Baton Rouge

Kids’ Orchestra teaching artists and staff will perform at the Baton Rouge nursing home Heritage Manor of Baton Rouge Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for its 2020 MLK Service Day.

The performance will include a percussion and brass quartet, cello and woodwind duets and a voice performance accompanied by a piano. Songs will honor the Civil Rights Movement. “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” and “All of Us” will be performed.

The City of Baker’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The city’s youth will perform at the celebration Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Baker Municipal Center, located at 3325 Groom Road.

The theme is “Fulfillment of the Dream.”

For more information, call (225) 778-0300 or email

Blue Cross volunteers will package meals for MLK Day of Service

More than 250 Blue Cross employee volunteers plan to package 80,000 meals for capital-area residents Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Another packaging time will be Tuesday from from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Corporate Headquarters.

Star Hill Baptist Church celebration and peace march

Star Hill Baptist Church will conduct a service Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The service will feature global equity advocate Wes Bellamy.

Photo courtesy of Michael Johnson

A peace march will follow the service and will be led by those who have lost loved ones to violence.

Star Hill Baptist Church is located at 1400 N. Foster Drive in Baton Rouge.

Martin Luther King Art Camp

Painting and Pinot’s Martin Luther King Art Camp for children ages 5-12 will be on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 7248 Perkins Road, Suite F.

For $35, children can paint two paintings, “Foxy” and “Converse.” The fee covers art supplies, lemonade and a light snack.

Click here to for more information or to register.

LSU’s 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Week

This four-day event highlights the greatest American Civil Rights leaders and is organized by the MLK Committee and LSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

More than 300 volunteers are set to volunteer at the MLK Day of Service Monday and can volunteer at eight Baton Rouge locations.

The MLK Commemorative Program will take place Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union. The keynote speaker will be Yusef Salaam, a member of the Central Park Five.

The Performing Arts Night & Candlelight Vigil is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater.

The Unity Celebration will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Club on Union Square at LSU. The event joins LSU, Southeastern University and Baton Rouge Community College to celebrate King’s legacy. The guest speaker will be former Louisiana House of Representatives member Patricia Smith.

For more information about events at LSU, click here.

MLK 2020 Food Drive

LSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host the MLK 2020 Food Drive starting Monday through Jan. 31.

All nonperishable food items will be accepted, as will other items like batteries, pet food and towels.

Items will be accepted at the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The African American Cultural Center will also accept donations Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Southeastern University’s MLK Remembrance

A memorial march and remembrance program will commence Jan. 27 to commemorate King’s legacy.

The event, hosted by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, will be open to the public.

The event will start with a candlelight processional at 6 p.m. outside of the REC at the walkway underpass on campus. The event will conclude with a program in the student union

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

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