1:40pm

Sun January 20, 2013
Community

Colorado Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Participants view of the1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which King gave his famous
Credit Library of Congress

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered in several events across the Front Range. Here are the scheduled celebrations.

Fort Collins

A community march will start at 1 p.m. from Old Town Square to the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University. Free transportation back to Old Town will be available.

Traffic will be restricted during the march, including delays along portions of College Avenue and Mountain, Oak, Olive, Magnolia, Mulberry, Myrtle, Laurel, Mason and Howes streets. Parking in city garages - located at Remington and Mountain and at Mason and Laporte - will be free on Jan. 21. While two-hour parking restrictions in Old Town will not apply.

The march leads to the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, which starts at 1:45 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. The event features Poudre School District winners from the essay/poetry contest as well as a Volunteer Fair, located in the Lory Student Center food court, immediately following the program.

Greeley

A march will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Greeley Chamber of Commerce (902 7th Ave.) and will end at the Union Colony Civic Center (701 10th Ave).

A ceremony will take place at the Union Colony Civic Center at 11 a.m., including a speech by former NFL player Wade Davis. As a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks Davis hid his sexuality until he gained notoriety in 2006 when he came out and joined a movement for equality in sports. Davis is assistant director of job readiness at Hetrick-Martin Institute, and advocacy group for lesbian, gay and transgendered youth. 

Lafayette

A community march will start at noon on the southwest corner of West Waneka Parkway and South Public Road.

The march will conclude at Pioneer Elementary on Baseline Road, where a celebration and service fair will be under way.

The afternoon celebration will feature a keynote address by critically acclaimed rapper and poet Molina Speaks, performances by the Shekinah Glory Choir, Angevine Middle School Jazz Band and Pioneer's "Dance for Social Change" group.

Denver

A march will begin at 9 a.m at the "I Have a Dream" monument in City Park (East 17th Avenue and City Park Esplanade) and continue down East Colfax Avenue to Civic Center. The program begins with a viewing of President Obama's inauguration speech, followed by the march.

Participants are being asked to bring children's books, old cell phones and non-perishable food items to donate.