On Martin Luther King Day we honor the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most events will not be taking place in person this year, in the interest of public health. The annual Marade in downtown Denver, which typically attracts thousands of marchers, will be a virtual gathering. You can find the latest Marade details here.
The city of Aurora has planned the most virtual events under the banner of “Rise Up: Achieve the Dream” and other communities are sponsoring virtual and in-person gatherings.
Here are some events we’ve heard about. We’ll add more as they come in.
Friday, January 15
Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m.
Hosted by Aurora Community of Faith
Featuring speaker Theresa Johnston, who with her brother was the first Black students to enter a white school in Kentucky in 1956. She marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, DC, in 1957. Learn more here.
Rise Up – Achieve the Dream: A Night to Commemorate Rev. Dr. MLK Jr., 6 p.m.
Hosted by city of Aurora Community Relations Division
- Featuring BET’s “Sunday Best” Winner Stephanie Summers
- Community Award Ceremony – Spirit of MLK Award from Aurora’s Human Relations Commission, and Community Partner of the Year Award from Aurora’s Community Relations Division
Saturday, January 16
MLK Youth Summit, 10 a.m. to noon
Hosted by Young Aspiring Americans for Social & Political Activism and the Aurora Branch of the NAACP. RSVP here.
NAACP & Civil Rights Table Talk with Omar Montgomery, 5 p.m.
Hosted by Aurora Community of Faith. Find more information here.
The CELL 365: Propaganda & Extremism Today, 6 p.m.
Hosted by Aurora Community of Faith •
Featuring speakers Jesse Morton (former al-Qaeda propagandist), Christian Picciolini (former white supremacist) and Rudi Florian (Holocaust educator). They will discuss:
- The effects of propaganda on society
- How violent extremists use propaganda to recruit and radicalize
- Ways to identify and resist extremist propaganda
Contact Dr. Greg McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to attend.
Sunday, January 17
The Journey to the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, 6 p.m.
Hosted by Aurora Community of Faith • Aurora Community of Faith Facebook page
Monday, January 18
Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 8 a.m.
Hosted by city of Aurora Community Relations Division. Find more information here.
Lafayette’s MLK Day Car Parade & Celebration, 10 a.m. to noon
The event kicks off with a car parade followed by a “drive-in” celebration at Centaurus High School (10300 W. South Boulder Rd.). This celebration will feature remarks from elected officials and live entertainment which will be broadcast through FM radio to your personal vehicle. Event t-shirts and craft bags will be distributed at the beginning of the program at Centaurus (while supplies last).
The car parade will depart from Flatirons parking lot (355 W. South Boulder Rd.) at 10 a.m. and finish at Centaurus High School at 10:30 a.m. RSVP for the car parade here. Please remain in your vehicle at all times. Vehicles must park in designated parking spots as directed by event staff. Access to restrooms or concessions will not be available. Find more information here.
Pray on MLK, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Memorial, 17th & York St., Denver
Pray on MLK ( PrayOnMLK.org ) is a national movement acting as one voice united in prayer-fueled, hope filled action. Stand together in unity and form a multi-ethnic prayer gathering to honor King’s vision for the Beloved Community.
Organizers will also be collecting food, personal hygiene items, and winter clothing (socks, coats and gloves) to be donated to the: Denver Rescue Mission, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the Fields Foundation in Aurora, and the Struggle of Love foundation in Montbello. Find more information here.
Free Dinners, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
In partnership and collaboration with community, the brother jeff Cultural Center is providing 1,000 FREE meals on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18th, 2021. If a meal would help you and yours, please fill out the form via the link below.
Meals will be ready starting at 2 pm and will be served and delivered until 4 pm. In order to serve the most families, they are reserving contactless, COVID-safe deliveries for those who cannot leave their homes due to illness, mobility restrictions, or lack of transportation.
Performance featuring Dominique Christina and others, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Boulder’s Motus Theater is offering a virtual space for music, poetry, and storytelling featuring Black Americans speaking out against mass incarceration.
Don’t miss formerly incarcerated Motus Monologists from the JustUs project with the incomparable national slam poet Dominique Christina; powerful music from Spirit of Grace; and Boulder County DA, Michael Dougherty and Jessica Howard, the racial justice campaign coordinator at the ACLU of Colorado, stepping into the shoes of a JustUs monologist by reading his story aloud and reflecting on the impact of the criminal legal system on his life.
This free event will be streamed via Zoom with the goal of mobilizing discussion and inspiring action toward true justice. Sign up here.