Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: CSU, Fort Collins Communities Celebrate the Faces of Freedom on MLK Day Jan. 21

The Colorado State University and Fort Collins communities will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on Monday, Jan. 21. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Faces of Freedom: Past, Present, Future.”


The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. with the traditional community march from Old Town Square to the Lory Student Center on CSU’s campus. A celebration featuring winners of the Poudre School District essay/poetry contest will follow at 1:45 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.


The route of the one-mile community march, which begins at 1 p.m. this year to accommodate the Presidential Inauguration, will start in Old Town Square and continue south down College Avenue, then east on Laurel Street. The march will proceed through the center of the Oval on Colorado State’s campus, then continue west on Isotope Drive to end at CSU’s Lory Student Center. Participants are encouraged to sing as they march.

Traffic will be restricted during the march. Those restrictions will include 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. Two-hour parking restrictions in Old Town will not apply.

Immediately following the march, a celebration will commence at 1:45 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. The event features winners of the Poudre School District essay/poetry contest. A Volunteer Fair will follow the program in the LSC Food Court. Free transportation back to Old Town will be available.


For more information, contact Kayla Green at or (970) 491-7099.