Minden and communities across the country are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for civil rights.
The local celebration began Saturday with "The Dream Dinner" at The Farm and continued Sunday with a commemorative service.
Festivities began this morning with the ministers' march, parade and youth rally at the Minden Civic Center.
Local officials sounded off on what MLK Day means to them.
The most important thing to me is celebrating the life of a man who believed in non-violence, in justice for all. During his lifetime, he was involved in causes in a time of struggle. The idea that one person can make a difference if they’re just committed and persistent – there’s no end to what they can achieve and in that way he is an inspiration to me.”
Webster Parish School Board
It’s a day to reconnect to public service and community involvement to make our nation great. We try to find a way to instill and involve as many different organizations with various projects. I think it’s important not to rehash what happened but have an appreciation for how far we have come. We don’t want to dwell in the past.”
Rev. Benjamin Martin
St. Rest Baptist Church
It's a day to celebrate – to recognize the efforts of Dr. King that have not only benefited the black community, but all of us. All of us benefit from the efforts of Dr. King in all aspects of our lives. We all are sisters and brothers and should be considered equal."
Minden City Councilwoman