MLK event awards record number of scholarships

Mindenite and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed will serve as Grand Marshal of Saturday’s parade.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The 2022 MLK/Black History Parade & Youth Rally – postponed last month – will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19 in downtown Minden. 

As of Wednesday, there were 50 entries in the parade, according to co-chairman Michael Walker. That includes bands from Shreveport, Bastrop and Minden.

But that is not the most exciting part of the event.

“We are giving away six Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships to seniors heading to college,” Walker said. “That’s the most scholarships we have ever given out.”

Walker said the Minden Civic Center will be the site of food vendor, seven community service tables for the public and DJ Trey Oliver.

“We are going to have give-aways and several people who are going to speak the kids,” he said. “They are motivational speakers that we know are going to benefit our youth.”

Minden High School and Louisiana Tech graduate and current cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs L’Jarius Sneed will serve as Grand Marshal of the parade.

“He is going to take some time to talk to the youth, too,” said Walker.

All events of the day will be outside the civic center, and Walker said the committee wants to invite the entire community.

“This is for everybody,” he said. “And we want to make sure we thank all our sponsors who helped make it possible and, especially, the ones who made all these scholarships possible.”

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