Lloyd Foote started working as a Lafayette math teacher in 1940. Foote remembers hearing Dr. King speak at a teachers conference. "He was a just a young man. He did a marvelous job. We didn't know who he was; or this man is going to be what he is."
Dreams are being realized, while some are still a work in progress. Foote says it's not the children he worries about. Foote says it's the state of parenting that concerns him. "the parents should become more active in their children's education than what they are.
Attorney Sylvia Fordice is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. "If you look at the mural behind me you'll see various colors, cultures and the children are holding hands. We see that as a reflection of the work that Dr. King has done."
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee member and Lafayette Parish Fire Department Chief Robert Benoit is happy to see a large crowd in attendance. Benoit says a day off - is still a day on. "This is a good day even though it's a holiday day, where people are off. For us it's a day on. Like a work day for us; because we're giving back to the community," says Benoit.