The Dream Continues: New Roads NAACP Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“A Salute to Our Rich Heritage” was the theme of the NAACP branch of New Roads Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020. This year’s event was held at William H. Scott Memorial Civic Center in New Roads.
Attendees of all ages gathered to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights activist who was assassinated more than fifty years ago. Reverend Elliott Horton, Pastor of St. Peter Baptist Church opened with the celebration invocation and the crowd sung “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, a track set as the anthem to the civil rights movement.
New Roads Mayor Cornell Dukes greeted an audience that braved chilling weather to homage to the civil rights leader. The day’s program included “Our Heritage Speaks”, a commemoration to the lives of historical African Americans portrayed by local high school students. Visual characterization presented by the students created powerful storytelling.
“Dr. King is the Father of desegregation, and equality, to ever attempt to forget him, would be an unmeasurable lost to humanity,” lauded Mayor Dukes. “Therefore, even the idea of not remembering such a giant is unthinkable.”
President of the New Roads NAACP, Myron Porche and Michael McCalahan, President of Louisiana NAACP delivered remarks. The New Roads branch of NAACP was presented with a check for one thousand dollars by Mayor Dukes. After the closing prayer by Deacon Harry Haynes of St. Luke Baptist Church, everyone enjoyed a celebratory feast.