Community Unites to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 with Joint Events

The Fort Collins, Loveland and Colorado State University communities will unite for activities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 8 and 17. The theme of this year’s celebration is "Are We Living the Dream?" focusing on Martin Luther King Jr.’s values as written by Coretta Scott King: courage, truth, dignity, humility, compassion, service and justice. All events this year will address these values.

Events on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 will include a one-mile march from Colorado State’s historic Oval to Old Town, Fort Collins, with programs at the Colorado State University Bookstore and the Durrell Center before the march. A program takes place that evening in Loveland.

On Jan. 8, Colorado State University Apartment Life will host a celebration of non-violence from 2-5 p.m. at the University Village Center.

Before the march on Jan. 17, students can attend a presentation at 9 a.m. at the Durrell Center on campus. Tony Daniels will present "A Review of MLK’s Values." The community is invited to a 9:30 a.m. poetry and essay reading at the Colorado State University Bookstore in the Lory Student Center. Readers will include children who participated in the Northern Colorado student writing contest.

The community march will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Oval on Colorado State’s campus.

The march will proceed east on Laurel Street to College Avenue. The march will continue north on College Avenue to Mountain Avenue. Participants will enter Old Town Square from the northeast intersection of College and Mountain avenues, then continue on to Linden Street. Traffic along the march route will be closed off during the march. Participants will be encouraged to sing as they march, with words to several songs provided in the printed program.

The program in Old Town will include a keynote address by state Rep. Angie Paccione. Participants will be invited to share hot chocolate and birthday cake at the program’s conclusion.

Visit after Jan. 3 for more information about local Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.