Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: CSU, Fort Collins communities celebrate MLK Day

The Fort Collins and Colorado State University communities will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on Monday, Jan. 19.

The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with the traditional community march from Old Town Square to the Lory Student Center on CSU’s campus. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Free But Shackled: The Cost Of Oppression.”

The route of the one-mile community march 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. Free transportation will be available back to the Old Town garage, located on Mountain Avenue near Remington Street.

Immediately following the march, a celebration will commence at 11:45 a.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom where this year’s poetry and essay contest winners from Poudre School District will read their winning works. A volunteer fair will follow the presentations, where event participants will have the opportunity to talk with local organizations about how to get involved in the Fort Collins community.

At 6:45 p.m. Mountain View High School in Loveland will celebrate MLK Day with “The Dream Lives On,” a showcase of art, music, poetry, essays and performances created by students of all grade levels in the Thompson School District.

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