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Martin Luther King Day 2021 events suspended

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr: List of Acadiana events
Posted at 2:13 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 18:27:16-05

LAFAYETTE, La.  — The Martin Luther King Day Lafayette organizing committee has announced that the 2021 MLK Day activities and programs have been suspended.

Events in Loreauville and Opelousas also have been cancelled.

In Rayne, plans for a walk, a flag-raising and and a drive-through health event have been cancelled.

Back to Lafayette, according to a release from State Senator Gerald Boudreaux, chair of the committee, that event is being cancelled "due to COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of all members of our community."

For the past 35 years, the local organizing committee has coordinated a weekend of activities, programs, and events in conjunction with the federal holiday commemorating the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the release states.

According to the release, the committee requests that all members of the community celebrate by providing “service” on Jan. 18, 2021.

"We challenge our churches to allow programming (in-person or remotely) that will reflect a day on and not a day off," states Boudreaux in the release. "We promise to return to our activities and programs as soon as it is safe for all to attend."

Many organizations across the country mark the civil rights leader's birthday with a day of service.

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