Martin Luther King Day events remember life and legacy of civil rights leader

Posted at 9:09 AM, Jan 20, 2020

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and communities across Acadiana are observing the holiday by holding a number of community events.

KATC's Jaime Angelle was LIVE at the King Center in Lafayette with a preview of those events.

Beginning at 8:30 am, Lafayette will continue their three-day celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A flag raising begins the program which will be followed by a community luncheon at 11:30 am. Health screenings, voter registration, displays, and booths will also be set up.

The day culminates with an evening program that begins at 6:00 pm at the MLK Center.

Lafayette to celebrate MLK Day with Monday events


In Opelousas, Holy Ghost Catholic Church will host its annual King day Parade and Memorial Program. The parade starts at 1:00 at the farmers market and ends at the parish courthouse.
The memorial program starts at 2:00 at the creole heritage folk life center.


In New Iberia, West End park will host the city's King Day Ceremony at 1:00 pm. Reverend Mark Lewis, pastor at Mount Calvary Baptist Church will give a keynote speech on the topic, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

In Loreauville, the city will pay tribute to doctor king with a march and a program featuring musical performances and a gospel play. The march starts at 10:00 am at Loreauville Park and ending at Our Lady of Victory Church with the program taking place there.


In Kaplan, MLK events begin at 10:30 with a celebration meal at new beginnings Primitive Baptist Church. At 1:00 pm an MLK Day March will leave from the police department and end at New Beginnings Church.
The church will host a program immediately after the march.


Many are observing Martin Luther King Day as a day of service. The "Alpha Kappa Alpha" Sorority will hold a supply drive for families in need. They'll be collecting toiletries and hygiene items, blankets, new and gently-worn shoes, used eyeglasses and sunglasses and pillowcases. That supply drive takes place from 1 to 4 at the Northgate Mall in Lafayette.

The Second Harvest Food Bank is hosting an MLK Day of service at their Lafayette facility. Over thirty volunteers are working together to donate $10,000 meals to the organization to help needy families across Acadiana. That event will take place at the Second Harvest Food Bank on Pinhook Road from 8:00 am to 9:30 am.