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1979 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Celebration

New Orleans MLK Federal Holiday Planning Commission

Taken at Evening Star MBC, Rev. Dr. Norwood Thompson, Jr., Pastor & MLK Commission Co-Chair


Many of the Commission Members are also Members of the SCLC New Orleans (LA) Chapter

Past MLK Observance


Rev. Dr. Ernest Marcelle, Sr. and Rev. Dr. Leon Tilton, Jr.

Past MLK Observance


Members Wynette Hardy Thompson and Florida Carr Hargrove

2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observances

March vs Parade


PARADE: An organized procession on a festive or ceremonial occasion (Webster's Dictionary).  In New Orleans, parades are generally characterized by marching bands, groups, and floats. 

MLK Montgomery March


 On 25 March 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama 

MLK Memphis March


Dr. King returned to Memphis a week later to lead a protest march on City Hall. That day, March 28, 1968, turned out to be one of the most violent demonstrations ever.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observances

Mayor Ernest Nathan "Dutch" Morial, 1978-1986


SCLC Members and City of New Orleans luminaries participating were: Mayor Morial; Philip Baptiste; Morris F.X. Jeff, Sr.; Hon. Troy Carter; Judge Israel M. Augustine, Murphy Sanchez; Dr. Elliot Willard, Sr. Rev. Dr. Simmie Lee Harvey; Rev. Dr. Norwood Thompson and others

Mayor Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr., 2002-2010


Pictured here with SCLC Members: Dr. Elliot Willard, Sr. and Rev. Dr. SCLC President Rev. Dr. Simmie Lee Harvey

Mayor Mitchell Joseph Landrieu, 2010-2018


Following the deaths of Co-Chairs Wynette Hardy Thompson and Rev. Dr. Norwood Thompson, Jr., five "new" co-chairs were named

2020 (TBA) Programs & Activities

1980 Andrew Pete Sanchez, Sr. Multi-Purpose Center


Philip Baptiste, Deacon John B. Williams, Gloria Irving, Hon. Sidney Barthelemy, Wilbert Petite, Herman Saul, Lesa Jefferson, Rev. Norwood Thompson, Jr., Theresa Holmes, Judge Israel M. Augustine, Gloria Irving, Michael Johnson, Andrea Lyons Williams, Dr. Durell Williams, Mother Griffin, Morris F.X. Jeff, Sr., Truner Thomas, Murphy Sanchez, Sr., Lloyd Richards, Josie LaCour, Dr. Elliot Willard, and Hon. Troy Carter

Vanishing Footprints Education Series


The Vanishing Footprints Education Series began in 1983 by Rev. Dr. Levon A. LeBan to address the need of educating interested citizens in "The Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana"

All Citizens Together Prayer / Peace Walk


This activity was established by Janet Tobias in 2017.  Speakers: Rev. "Skip" Alexander, Min. Willie Muhammad, SCLC New Orleans President Dr. Levon A. LeBan, SCLC Macon-Bibb (GA) President Lemeul Brown  

More Programs & Activities


New Orleans Public Library Celebration

Presented by the African American Resource Collection.  Rev. Abraham McFarland chairs the Library Celebration.


United Teachers of New Orleans Choral Concert

Community and high school choir groups from the metropolitan area participate in the UTNO Choral Concert.  Also, an international choir from Norway makes a guest appearance.  Myrtis Johnson of UTNO coordinates the  Choral Concert.


NCA Annual MLK Commemorative Arts Exhibitions

Artist/Educator Charlie Johnson coordinates a plethora of programs and activities with a focus on fine arts and student participation.  

Even More Programs & Activities


Citywide Day of Service

"A day on, not a day off.”  Commissioner 


MLK Memorial Worship Service

The Annual Memorial Worship Service provides time for participants to reflect of the messages of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Official March & R.E.A.L.

"Recreating the Environment to Live."  ALWAYS on the 15th of January, the birth date of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

City of New Orleans Official Celebration

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, on the Monday closest to the MLK Federal Holiday


After a brief program, participants march approximately 1.5 miles in obsservance of the many works of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Community Block Party / Celebration


A former shopping corridor for peopple of color, the Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. stands as a tribute to the post Hurricane Katrina resilience of the people of New Orleans

Dillard University Worship Service


Dillard University is one of the oldest HBCUs in the State of Louisiana.  It's Chapel is one of the sites where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a heartfelt message