Martin Luther King Jr. observances

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH

Wednesday

  • MLK BLACKOUT POETRY: 3 p.m., Greenwell Springs Road Regional Library Branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Teens can create poetry that focuses on rearranging words to create different meanings using the “I Have a Dream” speech. Refreshments will be served. (225) 274-4470.
  • DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. STORY/CRAFT: 4:30 p.m., Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. Children ages 3 to 11 can learn about Dr. King and craft their dreams. (225) 354-7060.

Thursday

  • DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. STORY/CRAFT: 4 p.m., Delmont Gardens Branch Library, 3351 Lorraine St. Children ages 4 to 11 can hear Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and create a banner afterward. Children ages 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or responsible adolescent. (225) 354-7060.

Friday

  • MY DADDY, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court. Children can listen to a story about King and make a craft afterward. (225) 926-2600.

Saturday

  • AFRICAN-AMERICAN HEROES — DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: 10 a.m., Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road. The program will include a dialogue and commentary about King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The first 25 students to arrive will receive school supplies, African-American history magazines and more. (225) 778-5940.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: 3 p.m., Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway. Durinda Robinson, Wilbert Montgomery and the Southern University Jazzy Jags provide a presentation about King. (225) 354-7540.

Jan. 19

  • CONNECTING THREADS: 3 p.m., Delmont Gardens Branch Library, 3351 Lorraine St. Durinda Robinson will discuss her display “Connecting Threads: In Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King.” The collection includes fabric, art and sculptures. (225) 354-7050.

Jan. 20

  • MLK 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. Preregistration available at www.eventbrite.com. (225) 803-1333.
  • PARADE/MARCH: 8 a.m., Mount Zion Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd. The 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.
  • MLK 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 semiformal or formal. General admission is $40 and VIP reception and seating is $60. www.soulcitybr.com/events.

PLAQUEMINE

Jan. 20

  • BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m., Plymouth Rock Baptist Church of Plaquemine, 58830 Iron Farm Road. The 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.

LAFAYETTE

Saturday

  • MARTIN LUTHER KING YOUTH PAGEANT: 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 301 Cora St.

Jan. 19

  • KING HOLIDAY PARADE: 3 p.m., Clifton Chenier Center, 222 W. Willow St. The parade will begin at the center and proceed down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parkway. A musical extravaganza will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 301 Cora St.

Jan. 20

  • 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 Judge Karen Carter Peterson as speaker.

MARINGOUIN

Jan. 18

  • MARTIN LUTHER KING MARCH & PROGRAM: 10 a.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Center, 11140 La. 77, Maringouin. The march will start at Bayou Maringouin and Landry Street and end at the center. The program starts at 10:40 a.m. Joseph Stewart, former executive of Kellogg Company, will speak. Refreshments will be provided.

NEW ORLEANS

Jan. 20

  • MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY ON NOT OFF: 8 a.m., Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St. The day of service start will start with breakfast and prayer at the school. Volunteers will travel to work sites at about 8:50 a.m. The day will close at about 3:15 p.m. with reflection and prayer. Groups and organizations are encouraged to participate, but must be registered with the Office of Black Catholic Ministries. Register by Jan. 14. (504) 861-6207 or bcatholics@arch-no.org.
  • COMMITMENT SERVICE: 11 a.m., Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave. The service will focus on racial equality.