This morning a flag raising ceremony for Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Day kicked off the beginning of a day full of events at the Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Lafayette.
With guest speakers, voting registration, display booths and exhibits, residents had a chance to celebrate and educated themselves on just what Martin Luther King Jr. fought for.
Public officials and resident alike made their way out to today’s events to share the beliefs and legacy of Dr.King.
“I love to see the community come together and it’s a great day for everyone to get together.” said Lafayette resident Anna Ferraro.
“Today is a special day for us and we really appreciate this day and honor this day for Dr.Martin Luther King.”
“Today means that we continue to fight and continue to support those in leadership positions. It means that we understand history and history repeats itself.” said State Senator Gerald Boudreaux.
“If we can continue to mold young people into leaders, the our country and our community will be in great hands.”
After Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.’s death in 1968, a bill was introduced to Congress to make Dr.King’s birthday a national holiday.
It was not until 1983 when President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national holiday into law.
It took another 17 years for all 50 states to officially observe the holiday for the first time in the year 2000.