Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New Orleans


New Orleans has a thriving African American community and the MLK Jr. Day celebrations to complement it. Starting on Thursday, January 13th, the celebrations kick off with the New Orleans Public Library festival at the Main Branch. There’s also the MLK Jr. Gospel Tribute at Dillard University’s Lawless Memorial Chapel at 6:30 p.m. and the United Teachers of N.O. Choral Concert at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church at 6 p.m.

On Friday, check out the R.E.A.L. March which starts at A.L. Davis Park and winds to the MLK Monument at 10 a.m. There’s a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Monument at 11 a.m. to complete the march. On Saturday the 15th, the Remembering the Dream event takes place, hosted by Goodwork Network at Roux Carre 2000 from 2 – 5 p.m.

A Weekend of Service

On Sunday, the MLK Jr. Memorial Service is held at the Austerlitz Baptist Church at 3 p.m., offering the perfect way to really start remembering the life and work of Dr. King. You can also volunteer at Let’s Clean Up The Mess at Oretha Castle Haley from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday marks the 31st annual MLK Jr. Day Opening Program at City Hall at 9 a.m., followed by the MLK Memorial March, which starts at City Hall and heads to the MLK Monument at 10 a.m. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Block Party at Oretha Castle Haley takes place from 12 – 4 p.m.