The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was celebrated in New Orleans Monday (Jan. 20) with a Commemorative Celebration at the New Orleans Jazz Market and a Remembrance March that began at the corner of Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley boulevards. The standing-room-only crowd at the Jazz Market was treated to several motivating musical performances and speeches.
The city has a full slate of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned, running through Tuesday, with the preeminent event taking place on Monday, the national holiday honoring the civil rights leader.
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Former Mayor Marc Morial, current Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Gov. John Bel Edwards and others reflected on Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday during a rally at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City. After the rally, marchers and brass bands took to the streets to celebrate the life of the slain civil rights leader.
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The city paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at the New Orleans Jazz Market on and a march from the Market to A.L. Davis Park in Central City. Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and president and CEO of the National Urban League, delivered an address at the Jazz Market. There, he talked about New Orleans’ key role in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded and led by King.
The city’s activities to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will culminate in a special set of events on the official holiday date – Monday, Jan. 21.
Saturday features three major events: the Rev. Avery C. Alexander Social Action Forum at the Dryades YMCA on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard; the Day of Service at the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle in the Lower 9th Ward; and the National Conference of Artists 21st MLK Exhibitions at locations across New Orleans.
On Friday, Jan. 18, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, will keynote the “Project LIVE & Achieve” Rally for Excellence that 5,000 students from more than 20 local schools across the New Orleans area will attend. Booker is appearing at the invitation of rally hosts InspireNOLA Charter Schools and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans.
Thursday, Jan. 17
New Orleans Public Library Celebration
East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd.
United Teachers of New Orleans Choral Concert
McDonogh 35 Preparatory High School
4000 Cadillac St.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of commemorative events, beginning on Thursday, Jan.17.
Activities include the sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-César Chavez Commemorative Luncheon on Jan. 18 at the Ashé Power House, and Ashé’s annual community sing, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” on Jan. 20.
For more information on these and other activities, call 504-569-9070.