Community groups honor King’s memory, legacy in parade
Members of the Jewish Community Relations Council carry a sign quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. — “I have a dream” — during Monday’s parade through Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
A parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed up the Central City boulevard named in his memory on Monday, with community and school groups from around New Orleans marching in support of his legacy.
Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Monday’s Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
NOPD Officer Yolanda Jenkins dances with two small boys at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Claiborne Avenue during the parade, as the crowd laughs in delight. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The Samuel J. Green Charter School band pauses at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The Sophie B. Wright Institute of Academic Excellence marching band rounds the corner onto South Claiborne Avenue toward the end of the parade route. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks with City Councilman James Gray in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument on South Claiborne Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com)
I had a really nice time marching with the Jewish community and I am so glad that this parade was so well attended city-wide. I hope to see even more participation from a variety of groups in the future!! It also makes me sad that shortly after we passed through the area carrying signed of peace and signs noting that we need to end violence there was a shooting where 5 young men were injured. I do hope people will begin to follow MLK’s words and end discrimination and hate.