Mayor Cantrell and city leaders honor Dr. King with wreath laying ceremony

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Photo credit Mayor LaToya Cantrell Administration

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans city councilmembers braved the bitter cold temperatures on Monday to celebrate the life, legacy, and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The mayor, city leaders, and community leaders hosted a wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate the civil rights movement leader. This year’s theme is “Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community”.

Mayor Cantrell addressed the recent surge in violent crime in the city and how Dr. King’s teaching of non-violence applies.

“As we saw, even over this weekend, in terms of violence in our community, one of the things that we know Dr. King stood for was non-violence,” said Cantrell. “And in true, true, partnership and uplifting the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us focus ourselves on how we can lift up justice were we live, amongst ourselves, amongst our own people, amongst our own children, amongst our own families, this is what we need to do right here and right now.”