On Monday, the Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Martin Luther King Center on Cora Street ushered in a renewed focus on what dreams are made of. The President of Atlanta’s Morehouse College was the guest speaker. Dr. King is a graduate of Morehouse. “I know we are going to have a lot of young students here. I want to give them a sense of how he saw his own future and how we grew from a very young man of Morehouse College to a force in the world that he became,” says Morehouse President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr.
The MLK Center’s basketball court has been renamed in memory of former Houston Comets star Kim Perrot. Perrot was born and raised in Lafayette. In 1999, Perrot passed away from cancer. “We all have our dreams that we want to follow but most of all trying to encourage others to follow their dreams. I’m just happy that I was able to be a part of her vision and her dream,” says Kim’s sister Loretta Perrot-Hunter.
R&B artist “Cupid” was at the celebration. Cupid is a product of Lafayette. He’s also recognized as an example of what it means to follow a dream. “You can still be local. You can still touch the sky, if you want to. You just got to stay motivated and stay positive,” adds Cupid.