Three events mark legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Alyssia Gordon carries a portrait of Dr. King during a 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. parade in New Orleans.


Celebrate King’s vision and achievements in an annual event at the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library. Speaker and author Happy Johnson is the master of ceremonies, and Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dancers, a Christian contemporary dance troupe, will perform.

Noon. 219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2560,


African-American liberation music, freedom and healing songs will flow at the yearly “Lift Every Voice and Sing” singing event at Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Deacon John Moore, Sharon Martin, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Kelly Love Jones, Michaela Harrison and others share testimony; the audience is invited to sing along. Free. 5 p.m., 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (504) 569-9070,


On the official federal holiday, dance troupes, church groups and marching units take part in the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade. The march starts at New Orleans City Hall and heads down Loyola Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. and Simon Bolivar boulevards, turns onto South Claiborne Avenue and ends at the MLK monument on South Claiborne and Felicity Street.

Starts 9:45 a.m. (504) 658-4200.