City officials are planning a series of events beginning Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The civil rights leader was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta and would have turned 87 this year. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.
Locally, the King holiday is generally marked by a march, a community service event and a wreath-laying ceremony at the King monument on Martin Luther King Boulevard, among other events.
This year’s theme is “to reflect, to reconcile and to rebuild,” according to Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
THURSDAY, JAN. 14
- NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATION: Noon at the New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave. An hourlong program will feature performances by students from Mahalia Jackson Elementary and Dr. King Charter schools. Sybil Morial, the widow of former Mayor Dutch Morial, will speak.
- UNITED TEACHERS OF N.O. CHORAL CONCERT: 6 p.m. at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 2515 Franklin Ave. The teachers union choir will perform.
MLK GOSPEL TRIBUTE: 6:30 P.M. AT DILLARD UNIVERSITY’S LAWLESS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 2601 GENTILLY BLVD. THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION, IN A TRIBUTE TO THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GOSPEL MUSIC AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, WILL HOST A CONCERT FEATURING NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS. FREE.
FRIDAY, JAN. 15
- R.E.A.L. MARCH: 10 a.m.: March begins at A.L. Davis Park at Fourth and LaSalle streets and ends at the King monument at Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Claiborne Avenue. Recreating the Environmental Ability to Live, a Central City nonprofit, will host the march.
- WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY: 11 a.m. at the King monument.
SATURDAY, JAN. 16
- REV. AVERY C. ALEXANDER SOCIAL ACTION FORUM: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
SUNDAY, JAN. 17
- LET’S CLEAN UP THE MESS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard between Calliope and Philip streets. Volunteers will undertake a community service project.
MLK MEMORIAL SERVICE: 3 P.M. AT AUSTERLITZ BAPTIST CHURCH, 819 AUSTERLITZ ST. THE CHURCH WILL HOLD AN INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE.
MONDAY, JAN. 18
- 30TH ANNUAL MLK DAY OPENING PROGRAM: 9 a.m. at City Hall, 1300 Perdido St.
- MLK MEMORIAL MARCH: 10 a.m.: March begins at City Hall and ends at the King monument.
- MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY: Noon to 4 p.m. on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard between Calliope and Philip streets. Call Sherlyn Harris at (504) 658-4200 for more information.