Media Advisory Â?? Fort Collins 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Moved to Colorado State’s Lory Student Center

Due to cold weather conditions, the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Fort Collins has been moved to the Lory Student Center Theatre on the Colorado State University campus. Organizers consulted with Poudre Valley Health Systems Nurses Hotline in making the decision to move the event indoors because of the dangerous nature of the very cold weather conditions forecasted for Monday’s events.

Events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the MLK Jr. Poetry and Essay contest at the Colorado State Bookstore in the Lory Student Center. Instead of the march and celebration at the CSU Oval and in Old Town, the entire event will move to the Lory Student Center Theatre on campus beginning at 11 a.m.

Join the events Monday, Jan. 21 at the Lory Student Center at 9:30 or 11 a.m. Speeches will be held in the Lory Student Center Theatre and the community organization fair will be in the Art Lounge and Sunken Lounge. The program will begin at 11 a.m. and include:

– Musical welcome – Denise Hall

– Welcome and introductions – Osharae Steadham and Marlon Blake

– Recognition of student MLK poetry and Essay contest winners – Dallawrence Dean

– Welcoming remarks – Bridgette M. Johnson

– Recognition of march leaders and special guests – Osharae Steadham and Marlon Blake

– Musical selection – Denise Hall

– Poetry selection – Jennifer Pacheco

– Musical welcome- Abyssinian Christian Church Choir

– Welcome and introductions- Osharae Steadham and Marlon Blake

– Mayoral proclamation -Doug Hutchinson, mayor of Fort Collins

– Keynote address – Mark Benn, Psychology Department, CSU

– Musical selection – Abyssinian Christian Church Choir

– Birthday cake

For more information, call Jennifer Dimas at (970) 988-4265.