NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Doctor Martin Luther King played a major role in the civil rights movement, and today his efforts are honored across the country as well as right here in the New Orleans metro area.
There are several events happening today to remember the legacy of doctor king, the most popular of which will be the MLK march set to happen Monday morning at City Hall, and it’s usually one of the largest events in the city. The march will travel down Loyola Avenue towards Uptown, make a right turn on MLK Blvd, going up MLK Blvd. to South Claiborne, and ending at the MLK monument.
The theme for this year's celebration is The Beloved Community, One Mind, Body and Spirit. The mayor's office chose this theme, saying the community is where some of the things Dr. King talked about such as brotherhood and peace could actually thrive and take place.
In King's “I Have A Dream" speech, he touched on many issues he wanted to see happen during the Civil Rights movement, and those issues remain the focus of many communities today.
Martin Luther King Day is one in which many people around the country like to get involved in the community and because they have the day off to remember the efforts of Doctor King, it’s the perfect day to get into the community and get things done, which is why many call for this day to be as a day on, not a day off.
Hands On New Orleans is one group with several MLK service projects planned for Monday. Around 9:00 a.m. the group will hold the Grow Treme event. They plan to plant a community garden, add new paint to gates, and restore picnic tables so the neighbors in Treme can enjoy the beauty of the area.
Grow Treme is just one of many events this group, as well as many others around the metro area will hold today.
According to the Hands On New Orleans website, spots to volunteer are filling up fast, and for many organizations across the city, this what Martin Luther King Day is all about.
In addition to volunteer events across the city of New Orleans and metro area, there will be a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade that will begin at City Hall and end at the MLK Memorial on South Claiborne Avenue. For traffic restrictions and information, click here.
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