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The Walls Project: MLK Day Festival of Service

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Building on the momentum of the thousands of volunteers that came out to transform 10 blocks along Main St. in Mid City last January 2016, this year the community cleanup efforts will extend to a 4-Day Festival Of Service from Friday 1/13/17 to the Monday 1/16/17 to paint even more murals, cleanup 2x as many blighted properties, and help fix-up houses in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Contact the Walls Project for more information. 

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6:30 PM18:30

One Book One Community Kick-Off Party @ Goodwood Library

Join us for a Kick-Off Celebration as we launch our 2016 One Book One Community community-wide focus on literacy! We'll have events around the community

What Is It?
One Book/One Community is a community-wide reading program sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, with partners Forum 35 and Up Alliance. People from all walks of life, including middle and high school students, are encouraged to read and then discuss Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long by Richard D. White, Jr. Former Governor and Senator Long promised to make “Every Man a King,” beginning with himself, and under his quasi-dictatorial rule, Louisiana grew more than it has in a single governor's term before or since. Programs will occur throughout the library system in partnership with Forum 35.

The concept started in 1998 with the Washington Center for the Book's project, "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book"; today, cities and towns all over the nation strengthen their communities through a celebration of reading. 2016 will see a new governor for Louisiana and the election of a new President of the United States; what better way to celebrate democratic tradition than to read about the ways it has been manipulated?

One Book/One Community program is sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, with partners Forum 35 and Up Alliance, who have partnered with libraries, school systems, religious and community organizations, and key leaders of industry and commerce throughout the nine-parish area to implement this comprehensive program.

Why participate?
One Book/One Community expands the world of the reader by providing a broader and deeper understanding of literature.

Reading great literature provokes people to think about their environment, their relationships, and themselves. Talking about great literature with friends, family and neighbors or co-workers add richness and depth to the experience of reading.

This information sharing strengthens our community - we develop a sense of community around the shared experience of reading and talking about one great book.

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2:00 PM14:00

After the Spill @ the Manship

The Manship Theatre is proud to present a screening of “After The Spill,” a film by award winning filmmaker Jon Bowermaster. 

“After The Spill” is an in-depth look at the BP oil spill and the effect of the spill and Big Oil’s exploration and production operations on the Louisiana coast. The film features James Carville, John Barry, Nick Spitzer, Gen. Russell Honore and others directly affected by the spill. 

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated the coast of Louisiana. Five years later the BP operated Deepwater Horizon exploded and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the worst ecological disaster in North American history. Those events along with other man made and natural factors contribute to accelerating land loss.

“Louisiana’s coastal marshes and fisheries are part of America’s patrimony,” Bowermaster said, “they belong to the whole country, not just Louisiana. We’re hoping that ‘After The Spill’ can help initiate a national dialog on that disappearing coast.”

Bowermaster’s empathetic look at the state and its people and their relationship to water is revealed in this thought provoking and moving film.

Narrated by Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo and featuring a score by Louisiana guitar legend Sonny Landreth, “After The Spill” reaches deep into the travails and the joy of life in a complicated and compelling place.

“After The Spill” was co-produced by Baton Rouge residents Winifred Reilly, Kevin Reilly Jr., and Cyril Vetter.

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