The Natchitoches Black Heritage Committee held a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Jan. 16 at the MLK Center. The theme was “Keeping the Dream Alive.” A wreath-laying ceremony followed at the MLK Triangle. Speakers at the events included Rev. Thomas Carter, pastor of First Baptist Church on Amulet Street and Rev. Dr. Anthony Johnson, pastor of the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Monroe.
Event coordinators and participants included Dr. Doris B. Small, Minister Sadie Sawyer, Ed Ward Jr., Carolyn Sawyer, Minister Jacoby Bradley, Rep. Kenny Cox, NSU student athletes, members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow and Rev. Steven Harris.
Other guests at the noon event included Chris Maggio, Sheriff Victor Jones, John Winston, City Council member Lawrence Batiste, Judge Desire Dyess and Parish president Rick Nowlin. Additional guests at the wreath-laying ceremony included City Works, Police and Fire Department members, Councilman at Large Don Mims, City Marshall Randy Williams and Mayor Lee Posey.
Speaking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Small said, “We must keep his principles alive and be active in the things he has left for us to do. What would really make Dr. King happy is for us to do those things and let love be revived.”