Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observances

SATURDAY

East Baton Rouge Parish

10 A.M.-NOON: Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast, Baton Rouge Delta House, 926 Harding Blvd. The Baton Rouge Delta Development Corp., a foundation of the Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will host the breakfast, which will focus King’s life and legacy. Tickets are $10 each. (225) 775-5781 or dclark13@bellsouth.net.

10 A.M.: Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road. Program on King’s legacy includes a video of his life, followed by a discussion. School supplies and black history magazines will be given to children who attend.

West Baton Rouge Parish

1 P.M.: Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, William and Lee Park, Louisiana Avenue, Port Allen, sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir.

Iberville Parish

10 A.M.: Martin Luther Jr. march, Landry Street at Bayou Road in Maringouin, with program to follow at 10:45 a.m. at the Catholic Center in Maringouin. State Rep. Patricia Smith is guest speaker.

SUNDAY

East Baton Rouge Parish

8 A.M.: Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Mount Gideon Baptist Church, 38289 Henry Road, Prairieville, with Judge John Michael Guidry as the speaker.

9:30 A.M. and 11:15 A.M: Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative services, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, featuring LSU’s MLK Dance Ensemble.

Ascension Parish

4 P.M.-6 P.M.: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Nu Gamma Omega Chapter, 1747 Main St., hosts a dinner patterned after the dinners hosted by King during the height of the civil rights movement, to discuss social and economic issues that plague the community and possible solutions.

MONDAY

East Baton Rouge Parish

6 A.M.-4 P.M.: Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project (BRAVE) officials are partnering with Mayor-President Kip Holden’s office and members of the Baton Rouge alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority to clean up seven schools and a few houses in the 70805 ZIP code area. Southern University students are also participating. Living Faith Christian Center, 6375 Winbourne Ave., is headquarters for the event.

8 A.M.-10:30 A.M.: Martin Luther King Jr. march, Mount Zion First Baptist Church, 356 East Boulevard. Representatives from the city’s faith community, as well as civic and governmental leaders will participate in the march for peace from the church to the Baton Rouge River Center.

8 A.M.: Martin Luther King Jr. Day legacy march and celebration, Baker Municipal Center, 3325 Groom Road. Guest speaker, James Kador, assistant principal at Baker High School.

8 A.M.: Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative celebration. LSU students, faculty, administrators and staff will travel to McKinley High School, 800 E. McKinley St., for a day of service in revitalization efforts, including cleaning and painting.

8 A.M-1 P.M.: ExxonMobil YMCA, 7717 Howell Blvd., members of the Baton Rouge Fire Department and the American Red Cross are joining volunteers from several organizations to go door-to-door to discuss fire safety and other emergency preparedness techniques with residents. Volunteers will provide fire safety materials, including information about smoke alarms, creating a household fire escape plan and tips for cooking and heating a home safely. Speakers include Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker; Ron Smith, executive director of ExxonMobil YMCA and Baton Rouge Fire Departemnt officials. Lunch provided to volunteers following the event, courtesy of Walk-On’s Catering.

9:30 A.M.-2 P.M.: Capitol Middle School, 5100 Greenwell Springs Road. City Year Baton Rouge will mobilize volunteers for a Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. At the opening ceremony, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation will announce a $50,000 investment in City Year Baton Rouge, the local branch of a national organization that unites teams of young people for a year of service in high-need urban schools and others for community service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

2:15 P.M.: Belfair Teen Center, 4390 Fairfield St., Baton Rouge, with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and the Belfair Teen Center as sponsors and Judge John Michael Guidry as speaker.

6 P.M.: Candlelight vigil and march sponsored by National Pan-Hellenic Council at LSU Memorial Tower. After a short program, a march will be held to the LSU Student Union in the spirit of King and the civil rights marches of the 1960s.

6 P.M.: March from Zachary City Hall to New Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4415 Old Weis Road, Zachary. Guest speaker, the Rev. Errol Domingue, and music by a community choir. School supplies to be given to children in attendance.

Ascension Parish

6 P.M.: Christian Assembly Church, 42158 La. 941, Gonzales, with Judge John Michael Guidry as speaker. Donations will be collected for the church’s Haitian mission.

Iberville Parish

10 A.M.: Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, 58830 Iron Farm Road, Plaquemine, with the Iberville Parish Ministers’ Conference as host, the Rev. Fred Jeff Smith as the keynote speaker, and music by Clarence Jones and Heritage.

Livingston Parish

9:15 A.M.: Club Outreach Center, 30277 Sunset St., Walker. Following a march, Judge John Michael Guidry will be the guest speaker. A skit and reenactment of King’s assassination will be presented.

East Feliciana Parish

2 P.M.: Freeman Baptist Church, 4628 La. 955, Ethel, with the East Feliciana Parish Minister’s Conference as host and the Rev. Perry Jones Jr. as speaker.

WEDNESDAY

East Baton Rouge Parish

6 P.M.: LSU Union Theater. Author, scholar and social commentator Michael Eric Dyson will deliver keynote address at the MLK Commemorative Celebration. Address is free and open to the public.

THURSDAY

East Baton Rouge Parish

6 P.M.: LSU Union Theater, MLK Performing Arts Night. The event is free and open to the public. LSU students to celebrate the life and legacy of King through poetry, dance and musical expression.