2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Activities Announcement

2020 City of New Orleans MLK Holiday Planning Commission.  Active SCLC Members: Judge Terri Love, Bernice Johnson, Alice Lewis, Barbara Lacen-Keller, Janet Tobias, Elder Robert Bachman, Josie LaCour, Charmaine Baker-Fox, Ronald Coleman, Rev. Dr. Ernest Marcelle, Florida Carr Hargrove and Dr. Levon A. LeBan


2019 National SCLC "Chapter of the Year"

The SCLC New Orleans Chapter, the oldest chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the United States has been "Redeeming the Soul of America" since 1957.  


DRAFT COPY: 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration

Observances will be held throughout the area by organizations, associations and groups - all in remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   


SCLC New Orleans (LA) Chapter Holiday Schedule


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


1986 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."  Lest we forget, the Series joined the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission in 2009.


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.  A grass-root activist and member of SCLC, Ms. Tobias continues the struggle for equality.  

More Programs & Activities


New Orleans Public Library Celebration 1/16/20

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


New Orleans MLK Choral Concert 1/17/20

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 Arts Exhibitions 1/20/20

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 1/18/20

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


MLK Memorial Worship Service 1/12/20

The Annual Memorial Worship Service provides time for participants to reflect of the messages of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Pictured are Missionary Choir Members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Official March & R.E.A.L. 1/15/20

"Recreating the Environmental Ability 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 1/20/20

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 (TBA)

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 1/21/20

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