Celebrations and events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023

(Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - Many consider Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of service to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader. Here are a few events in the area. Click on the name of the event for more information.

Friday, January 13

MLK Citywide Celebration - 6 p.m. - Longview Community Center (500 E. Whaley St.) - Tonight is the opening reception and jazz concert to start the weekend-long festivities.

20th Annual African American Voice Program: An Evening of Performance with Special Moments for Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - 321 West 4th St., Texarkana - This program will feature a candlelit ceremony, a musical medley performed by Beverly Webb, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Pledge to Service Cards, and a message delivered by Dr. James A. Morris. Plus a sneak peek at the new exhibition (See January 17).

Saturday, January 14

Parade/Community Festival/Humanitarian Award Celebration - Longview - The parade starts at 10 a.m along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Head over to the Broughton Recreation Center (801 S. MLK Jr. Blvd.) for vendors, food, and children’s activities at the Community Festival. End the day with the Humanitarian Award Celebration at Parkview Baptist Church (2014 S. Green St.)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Parade - 2 p.m. - From 625 S. Adams St to 310 Adams St., Camden, Ark - “Legacy in Motion” is the theme for 2023. Retail and food vendors will be at the end of the parade.

Echoes of Civil Rights in Natchitoches with Alpha Phi Alpha - 2 p.m. - Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum, Natchitoches - Listen to the history of civil rights in Natchitoches and hear about Dr. King’s membership in Theta Chi.

Sunday, January 15

March & Interfaith Service - 11 a.m. - Join the march from Broughton Recreation Center to Mt. Olive Baptist Church. The service begins at the conclusion of the march.

Martin Luther King Day of Service - 2 p.m. - Morning Star Baptist Church (5340 Jewella Ave., Shreveport) This program highlights the significant contributions of African Americans in Caddo Parish with Admiral Barry C. Black serving as keynote speaker and Grammy nominated gospel singer Kim Burrell.

Annual MLK Parade - 3 p.m. - Downtown Jefferson, Tex - Come out to see Marion County’s finest children assembly, cars, trucks, motorcycles, horses, bands and floats celebrating MLK weekend. Sponsored by MCDCSCO.

Monday, January 16

Krewe of Harambee Hopes and Dreams Scholarship Breakfast - 8 a.m. - Petroleum Club (416 Travis St., Shreveport) - The breakfast honors several local students with scholarships.

MLK Day Community Garden - 8:45 a.m. to Noon - MLK Community Garden (2414 MLK Jr. Drive, Shreveport) The City of Shreveport and Shreveport Green partner up to work on and fix up the MLK Community Garden.

Krewe of Harambee Mardi Gras MLK Day Parade - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Downtown Shreveport - Let the good times roll at a parade celebrating Dr. King and Mardi Gras.

Martin Luther King Day of Service - 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - RiverView Hall and Theatre (600 Clyde Fant Pkwy.) An afternoon filled with visual arts, music and performances by students of Caddo Parish Public Schools.

MLK Banquet - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Jefferson Convention & Visitor Center (305 E. Austin St.) - An evening of uplifting music, inspiring speeches, great food and heart warming fellowship.

Tuesday, January 17

21st Annual Regional Celebration of African American Artists Exhibit: Ernest C. Withers’ Collection, Good Night, My Love - 321 West 4th St., Texarkana. This exhibition will showcase photos taken by Ernest C. Withers. This exhibit will also feature local photographers and a High School Cell Phone Photography Competition.

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Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.