Community joins together for MLK ceremony

As the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebrations in Lafayette, came to a close members of the community joined together at the MLK center on Monday night for one final event.

“If to the world America is to preach democracy, then to the world it must practice what it preaches and eliminate hypocrisy. Walk in my shoes if you dare to feel the pain.” an excerpt from a poem ready by guest speaker Excell Terrell.

The ceremony began with the pledge of allegiance followed by a prayer, and the presentation of colors by the Lafayette Fire Dept. honor guard. As soon as everyone was seated, committee member Tonya Bolden-Ball welcomed the crowd.

“I’ll just be a walking change for freedom and for peace, again I say welcome.” said Bolden-Ball.

Between speakers, the Acadiana Ecumenical choir filled the center with music. Winners of the quiz bowl, essay and pageant were all recognized for their achievements. The theme for this years program, Change Begins with Me, marked a milestone for the event in Lafayette.

“This is the 30th anniversary of this program.” said Program host and committee member Robert Benoit

Committee Chairman Gerald Boudreaux, said the committee put an emphasis on involving the younger generation. A generation, he said, may not fully understand the importance of this holiday but one he hopes will inspire them.

Boudreaux said overall the committee was very happy with the large turn-out of people at all the events.

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