New Orleans will mark the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of events, beginning Tuesday with a seminar on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and ending Monday with a parade.
Events also will include a wreath-laying ceremony, choral and jazz concerts, an art exhibit, a service project, a conference on social action and a memorial service.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the schedule at a news conference Monday morning. The theme for the week of events, “Where Do We Go From Here,” is adapted from King’s book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”
“Each year, we use this time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and consider both our nation’s progress and the challenges we still face today,” Landrieu said in a statement. “In the spirit of Dr. King, instead of looking away, we must agree to move forward together. We must come together as one city to face these problems head on.”
King was assassinated in 1968. The third Monday of January, around the time of his Jan. 15 birthday, is a federal holiday honoring his life and contributions to the civil rights movement.
The city’s official Martin Luther King Jr. Day program will take place at 9 a.m. Monday at City Hall. It will be followed by the 29th annual MLK Memorial March at 9:45 a.m.
The march will start at City Hall and travel uptown on Loyola Avenue. The procession, which will include bands and dance troupes, will take a right turn onto MLK Boulevard and travel to South Claiborne Avenue. It will end at the King Monument at South Claiborne and Felicity Street.
For a detailed schedule of events, visit http://nola.gov/city/mlk2015.