Natchitoches’ first Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration March for Justice and Peace was held Monday, January 18. The march began on campus and extended to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Triangle Park. The Natchitoches Hawg Riders led the procession on their motorcycles. The marchers were led by members of NSU’s Alpha Phi Alpha chapter. Dr. King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, joining as a graduate student in 1952 at Boston College. The Alphas were joined by members of NSU’s Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta. The NSU Chapters of the NAACP and African American Caucus also marched as did Ms. Laura Lyles and several members of the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce. NSU Head Football Coach Brad Laird led assistant coaches, graduate assistants and members of the NSU football team. They were joined by fellow athletes from NSU Track and Field. Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams and Parish President John Richmond marched as well. The march ended at the Dr. Martin Luther King Triangle Park where the brothers of NSU’s Alpha Phi Alpha chapter laid a wreath at Dr. King’s memorial and sang a hymn. NSU’s Lifted Voices Choir than gave a truly impressive vocal performance. Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams and Parish President John Richmond each spoke of Dr. King’s legacy and accomplishments. As the march ended, the participants went to the newly reopened Legacy Café to enjoy lunch. The event was organized by the City of Natchitoches and the Northwestern State University Center for Inclusion & Diversity.
The photo album is unlocked all of the marchers and their families are welcome to any photos they wish.