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Monday evening events end annual Martin Luther King tributes

8 years 4 months 1 week ago Monday, January 18 2016 Jan 18, 2016 January 18, 2016 10:21 PM January 18, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A crowd of people gathered at the steps of LSU's Memorial Tower to remember a Civil Rights icon.

Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr., day. Across the country, people met to perform various service projects and honor King's legacy.

At LSU, the vigil also featured a march through campus. Earlier in the day, students gathered at area work sites to help revitalize the community.

"We'll be reflecting on the social issues, basically bringing awareness to all of the issues we have in our community as well as bringing that sense of unity among the young people," K. Jonosha Jackson said.

Miles away, in Zachary, people held a banner with one of King's famous quotes "We shall overcome" as they walked through their community.

"We're honoring Dr. King, his legacy, by keeping his dream alive. Today our theme is peace, love, unity because we want to keep the community together, so we stand for it, we work together to help the community all over," Sharon McKnight of Zachary said.

Other events during the day Monday featured a clean up at the River Road African American Museum, smoke alarm installation around Baton Rouge and a march to City Hall where before beginning people heard Gov. John Bel Edwards discuss Louisiana's work toward equality.

"The shame is we haven't made as much progress as we should have," Edwards said.

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