Keeping an alignment with the national MLK Holiday, the Natchitoches Black Heritage Committee has planned two timely efforts for the public’s attendance and participation.
Rev. Dr. Anthony Johnson, a Natchitoches native and current Pastor of the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Monroe, will deliver a keynote address Monday, Jan. 16 at noon at the MLK Center. Rev. Dr. Johnson was an active member in the First Baptist Church on Amulet Street during his formative years and is now answering the call of Christ through spiritual leadership in Ouachita Parish and beyond. He is a product of the Natchitoches Parish Public School System and is the son of local retired educator Dorothy Shannon Johnson.
There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the MLK Triangle where Texas Street, MLK Dr. and Berry St. converge later that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. This observance will feature the newly installed Pastor of the First Baptist Church on Amulet Street, the Rev. Thomas Carter as the major speaker. Carter is a life-long citizen of Natchitoches and longtime member of the church. He is an energetic clergyman with a great deal of promise for the forward movement of the Christian community and the Natchitoches community-at-large.
Both services will feature elected officials and community leaders including 23rd District Rep. Kenny Cox, choirs, praise dancers and other speakers. The Committee is making a special effort to involve the youth in these programs since it is a holiday in the school system as well.
Sylvia Morrow or Ed Ward can be contacted for further information or by those who would like to participate.