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MLK Day celebrations in BR Area

MLK Day celebrations in BR Area
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POSTED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 11:08am

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, several community organizations are hosting events that inspire, educate, and bring people together for a greater good.

Below are a few notable events taking place that may be of interest to you and your family.

LSU Libraries

The Louisiana State Library system will be hosting two events on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

This first event is from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. It will be a public forum moderated by Maxine Crump, CEO and President of Dialogue on Race Louisiana. The forum will include film clips and discussion about the LPB documentary, “Signposts to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott.”

The goal of this occasion is to encourage community members and students to explore the history portrayed in the film and relate that to today’s “climate of racial and cultural divides.” The session will also focus on “visions for future community relationships.”

The second event starts at 6:30 p.m. This will be a full screening of the film, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.”

Attendees will also get to see the exhibit, “The Relentless Pursuit of ‘Equal’: Integrating LSU.” The exhibit was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It chronicles the “evolution of LSU from an institution embracing an official policy of racial segregation, to one actively promoting the concept of ‘cultural inclusion,’” according to a statement from LSU Libraries.

Both of these events are part of a film-based grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about these programs, visit: http://exhibitions.blogs.lib.lsu.edu or www.lib.lsu.edu/sp/subjects/createdequal. You ma also call 225-578-6544.

SU F.G. Clark Day of Service

This citywide event allows volunteers to help build community through various service projects. This year participants will serve in the North Baton Rouge area, particularly in Scotlandville.

The project will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center and will go until noon.

Organizers say that volunteers will help with renovations and beautification at various sites, including painting, cleanup, and landscaping.

Participants can also attend an opening ceremony at 8:00 a.m., and have a light breakfast and lunch. There will also be a resource fair at the end of the day.

Volunteers can pre-register on http://www.eventbrite.com/; or register at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center “Mini Dome” at 7:00 a.m. on event day.

Drum Major Instinct

This seventh annual MLK Day march and celebration will take place on Monday, Jan. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Baker Municipal Center.

A light breakfast will be provided, and the march begins at 9:30 a.m. A short celebration immediately follows the march.

Louisiana State Senator Sharon Weston-Broome will be the guest speaker for this event.

For more information, email peoplefornonviolentyouth@gmail.com.

MLK Community Center Day of Service

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Councilwoman C. Denis Marcelle are also hosting a Day of Service project for this national holiday.

For this event, volunteers will meet at the MLK Community Center on Monday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 a.m. for a light breakfast. The service project will begin at 9:15 a.m.

Participants will be working at 4254 Billops Street.

Sponsors for this event include First Millennium Construction Company, Entergy, and Attorney Gordon McKernan.

The Day of Service events are part of a national campaign to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by giving back to local communities.

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