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Community observes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Museum Month

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Community members, art and museum representatives, faith leaders and mental health practitioners will gather to discuss why Black Love Matters and how Love and Art can draw us together to heal, restore, strengthen and build individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities.

The panel discussion will be held January 11, 2023 at Living Water Ministries International at 645 U.S. 80 in Monroe, Louisiana, near the Mulhearn Cemetery. The event starts at 5 p.m.

Monroe City Councilwoman Juanita Woods, Biedenharn Museum and Gardens Director Ralph Calhoun, Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum Director Ross Slacks, President of the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Barry Stevens, Black Creatives Circle of North Louisiana Communications Coordinator Erin Davenport, Licensed Professional Counselor Brittany Fisher, renowned artist and Pastor Don Cincone and singer and music therapist Coco York, Black Culture Buzz Co-Founder Jordan Hollis and others will join art collector Cheryl Sutton in a roundtable talk about love and art; healing, mind, body and spirit, and enriching the health and wealth of our communities. The discussion will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by an worship program focused on the life and love Dr. King brought to so many communities, our nation and the world.

Roll Play and a Taste of Love food trucks will be available for drinks and food. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the worship service.

The Living Waters Ministries art collection and a newly curated Black Love Matters collection will be on view to inspire and uplift. In addition, community art, health and wealth resources will be on hand.

For more information, call 318-333-8720