Martin Luther King, Jr. honored with festivities
CROWLEY – There was an electric feeling in the air during the Delta Sigma Theta sponsored Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration.
“I’ve been here for the past several years there’s a different feeling this year,” said newly elected City Judge M’elise Trahan as the crowd erupted in applause.
“The feeling that we are getting closer to reaching Dr. King’s dream that each person will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A day on, not a day off.”
Several local dignitaries were in attendance for the program including Crowley Mayor Greg Jones, Alderman Vernon “Step” Martin, and recently retired Judge Barrett Harrington.
Those in attendance got to enjoy some songs by the St. Theresa Youth Choir, a skit about Rosa Parks by the Delta Debs and Beaux, and a praise dance by the dancers of the Israelite Baptist Church.
However, the highlight of the event had to be the speech by keynote speaker Kenneth Boudreaux, the Director of Youth Services in Lafayette as well as a Lafayette city councilman and a member of the Lafayette District Attorney’s Office.
“If there was not a Dr. King there would not be a Barack Obama, it is important that we separate these two days. Because one day we may have a Martin Luther King Day, a Barack Obama Day, and maybe even a Kenneth Boudreaux day,” he said to the laughter of those in attendance.
“The time to act is now,” he said. “I saw people celebrating when Barack won saying that we have finally made it, but I’m here to tell you that Barack will not be in your class to take your tests, he will not be here to clean up Hutchinson Ave., and he will not prevent us from killing one another.”
Boudreaux went on to describe what he called Polaroid moments.
“I see plenty of people with Obama t-shirts and bumper stickers but are you registered to vote, fathers play ball with their sons when the cameras on them but do they do it when nobody’s around?” he said.
“I’m here to tell you that we need to do these things for the right reasons and that time is now.”
As Boudreaux left the stage he was given a long standing ovation.
In a touching moment at the end of the ceremony the entire crowd joined hands and sung “We Shall Overcome.”
With the significance of tomorrow’s historic day, it can be easily stated that the day King dreamed of is much closer to becoming a reality.