DENVER — Each year, on the third Monday in January we celebrate the life and accomplishments of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King was born in Atlanta on Jan. 15, 1929, the son of a Baptist preacher. He would have turned 93 this month.
In addition to the annual marade in downtown Denver, celebrations for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day are planned including film screenings, speeches and live events.
Sunday, Jan. 16
MLK Day Celebration
Dairy Arts Center in Boulder
NAACP Boulder County will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program of speakers, singers and dancers. Rosalind Withers, daughter of Ernest Withers, will open the Walk With Me campaign as the keynote speaker. The event, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, is free and open to the public with registration.
The opening of the exhibit from the Withers Museum of Memphis at Dairy Arts Center will include musical, spoken word, dance, and video presentations, as well as featured speakers. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28. Reserve your tickets at thedairy.org.
Monday, Jan. 17
The annual marade — which is both a march and parade — started at the Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial at City Park at East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street. The marade marched west on Colfax for 3.1 miles to Civic Center Park.
Watch a replay of the marade in the video player below:
A march to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins at 11 a.m. Monday in Fort Collins. This year, the march will feature a new route to commemorate Black families who put down roots in northern Fort Collins in the early 1900s. The new route will pass historical Black houses located on Meldrum Street. From Washington Park, the march will head north to Cherry Street, west to Meldrum and south back to campus for approximately 1.3 miles.
MLK Day Celebration
Silver Creek High School in Longmont
Longmont will mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a celebration at Silver Creek High School starting at 10 a.m. Monday. Hosted by the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee, the NAACP Boulder County Branch and the Silver Creek Leadership Academy, the event is free and open to the public.
Mile 17: A Conversation on the Labor & Love of Belonging
RedLine Contemporary Arts Center in Denver
Choreographer and performance artist Helanius J. Wilkins leads "Mile 17: A Conversation on the Love & Labor of Belonging," a free community event that honors and celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event begins at 4 p.m. Monday at RedLine Contemporary Arts Center.
The event creates a space to bring together intergenerational members of the Denver area to reflect on stories that inform our sense of belonging and community today and dreams for a better future.
'Selma' screenings at Harkins Theatres
Harkins Theatres is offering $5 screenings of the 2014 movie "Selma" at the Northfield Harkins Theatres beginning Friday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 17. Tickets are on sale now at Harkins.com and at the theatre box office.
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