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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr: List of Acadiana events

Posted at 2:55 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 15:58:51-05

Here is a list of events in Acadiana honoring Martin Luther King Jr. If you would like to add your event to this list, please send the information to



Saturday, January 19, Church Point Community Center, 104 Darbonne St 70525, from 1 pm to 3 pm. Events include coloring contest, essay writing contest, door prizes and refreshments. Guest Speaker: Andrew Handy.


33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City-Wide Celebration on Jan. 19. Prayer breakfast at New Zion Baptist Church Family Life Center at 9 am. Parade starts at 2 p.m. from Eunice City Hall to New Zion Baptist Church. Followed by New Zion Baptist Church celebration program at 3 p.m.


Clean-up day is happening Saturday, January 19 on MLK Dr. in Kaplan. Volunteers will be out cleaning up the roadway before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The event begins at 9:00 am.

A celebration will be held on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Kaplan. Celebration Meal at 10:30 am at the New Beginnings Primitive Baptist Church, 622 E. Veterans Drive in Kaplan. March along MLK Drive at North Cushing near the Kaplan Police Department at 1:00 pm. A service following the March back at New Beginnings Church. Contacts: Marcelite: 400-8783 or Mary 522-9957.


Saturday, January 19

Musical Extravaganza at 1:00 pm, Martin Luther King Youth Pageant at 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 20

King Holiday Parade at 3:00 pm (Line up at the Martin Luther King Center beginning at 1:30 p.m.) Parade Marshal: Greg Davis.The parade will start at the Martin Luther King Center, 309 Cora Street and process down MLK Memorial Parkway (Willow Street) and conclude at the Clifton Chenier Center/Church of Philadelphia.

Monday, January 21

L I V I N G T H E D R E A M:
“Building Bridges as Our Path to Success”

Flag raising. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 a.m.
Martin Luther King Recreation Center

Opening activities/Prayer breakfast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:45 a.m.

Education/Cultural activities for youths/adults. . . .9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Health screening/Booths/Exhibitions. . . . . . . . 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sponsors recognition/Community luncheon. . . . . . . . 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(Plate lunches will be available for purchase at the recreation center
and all sponsors will be recognized at 12:30 p.m.)

Evening commemorative program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Honorable Marc Morial, President/CEO
National Urban League



Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. march Monday, January 21 at 10:00 am from the Loreauville Park to Our Lady Of Victory Church where there will be a program, with singing, praise dancing and a gospel play.



MLK Event to be held at West End Park – Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 1200 Field Street, New Iberia 70560, 1:00 pm Monday, January 21. Guest Speaker: Rev. Sydney Mitchell, Pastor New Iberia Church of the Narzarene. The community is invited to attend and participate in this event. Refreshments will be served.



The African American Museum Foundation invites you to join them on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3pm at St. Martinville Junior High to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. Martinville Junior High is located at 7190 South Main Street in St. Martinville.The event is free and open to the public.


Annual citywide Martin Luther King Jr. program will be held January 21 at the Rayne Civic Center at 11 am. Join the City of Rayne, organizations and families to celebrate MLK Day, which includes community leaders,  guest speaker, award presentations, entertainment and food. The Depot Program begins at 8:30 am.



MLK Day celebration Monday, January 21. Event starts at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 310 N. Sarah St. Parade at noon. Free lunch following parade at the church. Children are invited to write a 50 word or less essay on what the holiday means to them and read it on the day of the event.