Crowds gather for events at the Riverfront Center in Alexandria over MLK weekend

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Martin Luther King Day events were happening all over Central Louisiana this weekend. Crowds made their way over to the Riverfront Center in Alexandria on Saturday for ‘Together, Hand in Hand, Today.’

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This event consists of a few activities, the first being empowerment sessions.

Attendees heard from different speakers about how to start a business, preparing to be hired, overcoming obstacles, and resolving community issues.

One aspect was learning the definition of success from different generations of business leaders.

This is the second year for the sessions, and organizers said they have seen a great response from attendees, but there's always room for growth.

"It’s been very positive,” said Rosa Fields, organizer. “We encourage more people to plan to come. Because the more we have, the better we can teach. And people can learn and do better in the community."
Later in the afternoon events kept rolling when teams put their history skills to the test in the Heritage Bowl.

Questions tested each participant’s knowledge of African American history. The team with the most points had the chance to win cash prizes and the heritage bowl championship trophy.

There were even chances to win the title of audience favorite or most team spirit.

This is the first time organizers added the Heritage Bowl to the MLK weekend agenda and they were pleased with the turn out.

"Team members are ages 18-99,” explained Ingrid Johnson, organizer. “Every team is required to have someone on the team that is 18-30 and they are required to have someone over 50 and their other three team members can be any age 18-99. It's to encourage diversity on the team, to encourage generations to come together to remember what history there is.

Johnson said no one was leaving the Bowl on Saturday without learning something new. They are already looking forward to round two next year.

'Together, Hand in Hand, Today' has a few more events scheduled for Monday including a business expo and celebration entertainment, as well as the D.R.E.A.M. Spelling Bee.

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