Gospel Extravaganza honors Martin Luther King, Jr. - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Gospel Extravaganza honors Martin Luther King Jr.


Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. continued Sunday in Lake Charles with the 2013 MLK Festival Gospel Extravaganza themed: "Dr King had a dream. I, too, have a dream."

"This is just a time for us to get the community together and praise and give glory to God," said KZWA personality, Larry Benton.

This year was Benton's third year hosting the extravaganza. While the highlight of the concert is the sights and sounds of choirs from Houston, New Orleans, Mississippi and everywhere in between, Benton said the concert is just one part of a larger mission.

"The entire four day festival is for the children," Benton said. "It's important that our children and those coming up behind us know and try to live by Martin Luther King's principles. That's why we put on this festival, to keep his dream alive."

2013 is the 29th year for the MLK Festival. It continued Monday with a parade, a family fun day and gumbo cook off at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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