Dozens of community members and students came together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, to participate in a march for justice and peace in light of the holiday, organized by the City of Natchitoches and the NSU Center for Inclusion and Diversity. The march began on University Parkway and Caspari Street, continued along Bossier Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and ended at the Legacy Cafe, where lunch was served. As the Hawg Riders Motorcycle group led the march route, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Theta Chi Chapter at NSU were at the front of the crowd including, from left, President Tracy West, Jose Arrietta Cuesta and Carl Randall. Dr. King was a member of the fraternity, which was also the country’s first collegiate black fraternity. Curtis Williams, inset, raises a clenched fist during the march. The raised fist, or the clenched fist, is a universal symbol of solidarity and support. The City of Natchitoches’ 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Virtual Program can be viewed at https://youtube/jVtYnxnYxDE and features local students, members of the Demon football team (in purple hoodies), community members and guest speaker, Dr. Timothy Jones.
Photos by Hannah Richardson