Jan. 15 had been observed as a public holiday for many years in 27 states and Washington, D.C. Finally, in 1986, President Ronald Reagan declared the third Monday in January a federal legal holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King' Jr's birthday.
On April 4, 1985 Colorado's Governor Dick Lamm signed the legislation into law making the birth date of Dr. a Colorado holiday. At this time, Mrs. Webb announced that Denver would have the first ever "Marade" - a word created by merging the words march and parade.
There are various events going on Monday.
The 28th annual MLK Marade starts at 9 a.m., and the program starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream Monument in Denver's City Park. President Barack Obama's inaugural address will be played before the step off concluding at Civic Center.
Find other events here, http://bit.ly/WaK78I.
The Marade route can be found here, http://bit.ly/VKn6ZH.
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