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Hub City celebrates MLK, Jr.


Sounds of a live band and choir filled the halls of Lafayette's Martin Luther King, Jr. center Monday evening.

Hundreds of followers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s teachings were celebrating his life, legacy and birthday.

"He was a drum major for justice and he also wanted to ensure that future generations took on the role of servant leadership—whether it be in the community and neighborhood leadership or whether it be political leadership," says State Sen. Karen Peterson.

Sen. Peterson, from the New Orleans area, was the guest speaker of the night and was among a handful of state and local politicians present at the event to speak and listen to the musical performances.

"I was invited last year, several months ago by Councilman [Kenneth] Boudreaux and I graciously accepted the invitation," says Sen. Peterson.
Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit, a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee, was estimating about 400 event goers in the crowd. As for the annual youth activities earlier that day at the center-- including dance performances and conflict resolution talks—Benoit says attendance was record breaking.

"We had 500 chairs put out at noon and we had people constantly coming through. So, I would say we had about a couple of thousand people coming through here all day," says Benoit.    

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