Martin Luther King Jr. observances



DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE COMMUNITY PROJECT: 7 a.m. registration, Southern University, F.G. Clark Activity Center. The opening session will begin at 8 a.m. Volunteers will be transported to designated sites that include the North Baton Rouge area for various activities that include painting, litter pickup, landscaping, minor repairs and room organizing at local schools. A resource fair will conclude the event. Light breakfast and lunch will be served. (225) 803-1333.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE/MARCH: 8 a.m., Mount Zion Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade will include representatives of the faith, civic and governmental communities and will end with a march for peace from the church to the Baton Rouge River Center. (225) 383-5401.

LSU DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE: 8 a.m., historic streets in Baton Rouge. Volunteers will join efforts to revitalize historic streets in Baton Rouge as well as help install the community art project “Community Dreaming — Identity Through the Arts.” (225) 578-4339 or

REBUILDING TOGETHER BATON ROUGE: 8:30 a.m., 940 St. Joseph St. RTBR volunteers will build a wheelchair ramp at the home for the resident.

DRUM MAJOR INSTINCT: 9:30 a.m., Baker Municipal Center, 3325 Groom Road, Baker. The seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Legacy March and Celebration will start with a march followed by a celebration program, which includes a light breakfast. Senator Sharon Weston-Broome will be the guest speaker. peoplefornonviolent

26TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m., Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway. The theme is “Keeping the Dream Alive.” The East Baton Rouge Parish Ministers’ Conference will sponsor.

“COMMUNITY DREAMING — IDENTITY THROUGH THE ARTS” INSTALLATION: 1:30 p.m., BREC Expressway Park Playground, South Boulevard at Thomas H. Delpit Drive. As part of the LSU Day of Service, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, the Center for Planning Excellence and BREC will install a new photographic portrait project in Old South Baton Rouge. The project will feature photographs of students from three area schools to show the meaning of identity, emotion, expression and community. Volunteers from the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs will hang up the oversized prints along the Thomas H. Delpit Drive corridor. (225) 344-8558, ext. 222.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: 6 p.m., LSU Memorial Tower, LSU campus. The vigil will follow the LSU Day of Service and is sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council at LSU. The program will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and contribution.

LEADERSHIP AWARDS: 7 p.m., Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave. The awards will honor community leadership that reflects the image, character, service, works and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Attire is semi-formal or formal. General admission is $40 and VIP reception and seating is $60.

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FOOD DRIVE: Room 335, Student Union, LSU campus. The LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and the LSU Food Pantry will sponsor a food drive during the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration. Those interested in donating can drop off nonperishable food items in Room 335 or during the MLK Performing Arts Night.


DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FORUM AND FILM SCREENING: Noon to 1:15 p.m., public forum; 6:30 p.m., screening, Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall, LSU campus. LSU Libraries will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a public forum on the LPB documentary “Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott,” followed by a full screening of the documentary. The documentary is one of four that the library will show as part of the film-based program “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.” The forum will focus on relating the events and concepts from the documentary to today’s climate of racial and cultural divides and discussing future community relationships. After the full screening, participants can explore the library’s exhibit “The Relentless Pursuit of ‘Equal’: Integrating LSU,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. or (225) 578-6544.

FORUM AND FILM ABOUT RACE RELATIONS: Noon to 1:15 p.m., Hill Memorial Library, LSU campus. The LPB documentary “Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott,” will be shown, followed by a discussion. (225) 578-6544.

“CREATED EQUAL - AMERICA’S CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE”: 6:30 p.m., Hill Memorial Library, LSU campus. Visitors can watch the civil rights film and view the exhibit “The Relentless Pursuit of ‘Equal’: Integrating LSU.” (225) 578-6544.


PERFORMING ARTS NIGHT: 6 p.m., Royal Cotillion Ballroom, Student Union, LSU campus. LSU students will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through poetry, dance and musical expression. The event is free and open to everyone. (225) 578-4339 or


COMMEMORATIVE CELEBRATION: 3 p.m., Lod Cook Alumni Conference Center, 3838 W. Lakeshore Drive. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and the Black History Month Committee will host the celebration, which will feature KimberlĂ© Williams Crenshaw, executive director of the African-American Policy Forum and professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, as the keynote speaker. Crenshaw has lectured nationally and internationally on race matters and “intersectionality,” a term she coined to mean the multidimensional dynamics of discrimination. Her work has been cited in the drafting of the South African constitution. The celebration is free and open to everyone. (225) 578-4339 or



LIVING THE DREAM: 8:30 a.m., Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 301 Cora St. The event will include a flag raising, prayer breakfast, educational and cultural activities, health screenings, booths, exhibitions and more. The evening program will be at 6 p.m. with state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson as speaker.



DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING PROGRAM: 9 a.m., parade; 10 a.m., program, Club Outreach, 30277 Sunset St., Walker. Southern University Athletic Director William Broussard will be the guest speaker. Call (225) 664-1907.

DENHAM SPRINGS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: 10:30 a.m., West Livingston Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The celebration will begin with a march from the community center to Roberts United Methodist Church, 201 Julia St. The program will follow the march at the church.



BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m., Plymouth Rock Baptist Church of Plaquemine, 58830 Iron Farm Road. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration will feature Adell Brown, vice chancellor for research at Southern University. Musical selections will be provided by Power Driven Choir.



DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY SERVICE: 10 a.m., Poplar Grove Baptist Church, 2303 Court St. The West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir will host the service.