MLK Day programs planned
Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances Monday in Morgan City and Patterson include a morning program and march in Patterson and then an afternoon program and march in Morgan City.
The Patterson Civic Organization will hold its annual Martin Luther King Day celebration at 9 a.m. at Good Hope Baptist Church, 908 Washington St. in Patterson. Entrepreneur Travis Ray will be the guest speaker. A march to Cherry Street Park immediately follows with a light lunch served.
The St. Mary chapter of the NAACP organized a march to begin at 2 p.m. at Morgan City City Hall, corner of First and Everett streets in Morgan City. After the march there will be a program at 2:30 p.m. at Lee Chapel AME Church, 609 Freret St.
The public is invited to each of these events.
Reginald Weary, president of the St. Mary chapter of the NAACP said the day is set aside to a “great African-American male that did a lot to unify the nation.”
The marches and messages of King made changes in American society and assured civil rights for all Americans and not just blacks, Weary said.
“Civil rights issues affect people of all races,” Weary said.
Weary hopes events surrounding the holiday will make the younger generation of Americans recognize so much of what they take for granted was won for them through hard work and sacrifices.
“I don’t think young people have an understanding of the cost that was paid for the freedoms they now take for granted,” Weary said. “Their grandparents lived through the segregation, the violence and the marches. Young people are not taking advantage of the freedoms Dr. King fought for with sacrifices and his life.”
Public and private schools are closed Monday in the parish in observance of the holiday. Federal, state, city and parish offices will also be closed Monday in recognition of the holiday.