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Celebrate MLK Day in Baton Rouge

3 years 9 months 17 hours ago Monday, January 19 2015 Jan 19, 2015 January 19, 2015 6:45 AM January 19, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rebecca Buchanan & Hunter Robinson

BATON ROUGE - Today people around the country will pause to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who stood for peace, non-violence and unity. There are no shortage of events for you to join in the celebration of his life and legacy.

Members of the Baton Rouge NAACP say today is a time to bridge generation gaps. People of all ages will come together sharing the struggle for equality that some experienced first-hand. The President of the Baton Rouge Chapter says MLK's birthday is a celebration to make sure his life wasn't lost in vain.

"You come together marching for a common cause, marching to the beat of one step," Mike McClahahan explains. "Man it gives you a straightening in your back, puts a smile on your face, but more importantly it puts something in your soul that lasts longer than a day."

News 2's Rebecca Buchanan visited Mt. Zion Baptist Church this morning on 2une In. Dr. King once spoke about spreading the message of love in its pulpit many years ago. Hundreds are gathering there this morning for their annual program. It will be followed by a March from the church to Galvez Square, where the program will conclude at the Martin Luther King Memorial.

That's not the only MLK Day event planned today in the Capital City. Here's some others you can attend:

- Mayor Kip Holden will host a service event called "Paint the Pillar". People are encouraged to put artwork on the pillars holding up the new bridge. It's from 8 - 11 a.m.

- LSU students and community members are coming together at Boys Hope Girls Hope beginning at 8 a.m. for the Commemorative Celebration.

- Cemetary clean-up begins at 8:30 a.m. for the Magnolia Cemetary Restoration Project.

- Other community service projects.

If you aren't able to attend any of the events, we'll have highlights beginning on WBRZ News 2 at Noon.



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