Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity- Csu, Fort Collins and Loveland Celebrate Mlk Day Jan. 21


"Why We Can’t Wait," the theme of this year’s Fort Collins, Loveland and Colorado State University community celebration, will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21.


The community march from the Colorado State Oval to Linden Street in Fort Collins will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 21.


Before the march, the community is invited to a poetry and essay reading at 9:30 a.m. at the Colorado State University Bookstore in the Lory Student Center. The readers will include children whose winning poems and essays were selected through the Martin Luther King, Jr. essay and poetry contest.

The march will proceed east on Laurel Street to College Avenue, then continue north on College Avenue to Mountain Avenue. Participants will enter Old Town Square from the northeast intersection of College and Mountain avenues, and then continue on to Linden Street. The march route will be closed to traffic during the event.

The program in Old Town will continue with a mayoral proclamation by Fort Collins Mayor Doug Hutchinson and keynote speech from Mark Benn, accompanied by music from the Abyssinian Christian Church choir. Benn, a licensed psychologist and assistant adjunct professor at Colorado State, has traveled nationally for the past 20 years as a diversity trainer, mediator and conference keynote presenter.

Loveland’s 19th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Thompson Valley High School, 1669 Eagle Drive. The Loveland event will include an invocation by Rev. Ted Nutting and a storytelling performance by Bett Kopit. For more information about the Loveland event, contact Dick Barton at


For more information contact Jennifer Dimas at (970)491-1543.