New Orleans Public Library
African American Resource Center

Black History Month 2008
Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration
January 17, 2008

Musician Delfeayo Marsalis was the keynote speaker for this year's Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration. Marsalis shared his thoughts on the struggles of African American people and the freedoms we enjoy today that were won by that struggle.

The Martin Luther King Celebration began with a joyous dance performed by Kendra Harris and members of African dance and drum collaboratives from around the city.

Library Board Chairman, Irvin Mayfield welcomes all to the library's King Celebration

Jack and Jill Foundation presented the African American Resource Center with a check for $10, 000 to promote literacy programs among inner city youth. The funds were raised through the organization's loose change program.

Regional and local officers of the national organization of the Jack and Jill Foundation take a minute to pose for a photo following the program. (l-r) Sharon Bourges-Jones, Southeastern Region Member-at-Large; Darlene Williams, President, New Orleans Chapter; and Shirley J. Mathis Carter, South Central Region Member-at-Large.

The New Orleans Public Library recognized Rev. Simmie Lee Harvey (fourth from left) for his many years of support to the library's King Celebration. Here the NOPL staff is joined by keynote speaker, Delfeayo Marsalis and members of the New Orleans Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in congratulating Rev. Harvey.

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