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Mountains and Marades: How Coloradans Can Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Tom LeGro
PBS NewsHour

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered Monday in several events, including free admission to Rocky Mountain National Park.  In celebration of it's centennial year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee, will offer free admission for 16 days during 2016, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Here are other scheduled celebrations across the Front Range for Jan. 18, 2016.

Fort Collins

A community march will start at 11 a.m. from Old Town Square to the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University. Free transportation back to Old Town will be available. The march leads to the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, which starts at 11:45 a.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. The event features Poudre School District winners from the essay/poetry contest as well as a dance performance and a mayoral proclamation.


A march will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Greeley Chamber of Commerce (902 7th Ave.) and will end at the Union Colony Civic Center (701 10th Ave). Following the march, poetry and musical performances will be shared by community members and UNC Performing and Visual Arts students at the Union Colony Civic Center.


Mountain View High School auditorium – doors open at 6 p.m. (to view exhibit) program at 6:30. Students from every grade level in the Thompson School District are creating art for the exhibit and performance numbers based on our theme, “Equal Rights, Not Wrongs.” Loveland's Mayor Cecil Gutierrez and City Manager Bill Cahill have been invited to participate. Diann Rice of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission will speak and Superintendent Stan Scheer will be master of ceremony.


Aurora Motorcade Staging and Marade 7:30 a.m., Aurora Municipal Center parking lot Travel to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, CO 80010 Participants can gather at the east side of the Aurora Municipal Center and travel to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library for wreath laying ceremony, then attend the marade at Denver City Park.


The Mile High City's marade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the "I Have a Dream" monument in City Park (East 17th Avenue and City Park Esplanade) and continue down East Colfax Avenue to Civic Center. Participants are being asked to bring children's books, old cell phones and non-perishable food items to donate.

National Western Stockshow African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions

Partake in the history and heritage of America's black cowboy as top cowboys and cowgirls compete in the Pony Express relay, ladies' steer un-decorating and more traditional rodeo events. Events begin at 6 p.m. at the National Western Stockshow.


  • Showing Up For Racial Justice & 1,000 Voices Project Workshop 2-4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church (1419 Pine St.)
  • Peers Building Justice Workshop, 4-6 p.m. at Alfalfa’s Community Room
  • Toward Right Relationship With Native Peoples Participatory Workshop, 5-7 p.m. at YWCA (2222 14 St.)
  • Motus Theatre Conversation with Dr. Modupe Labode & performance by Molina Speaks, 7-9 p.m. at Museum of Boulder (2205 Broadway)
  • Voices for MLK Open Mic & Poetry Night, 7:30-9 p.m. Laughing Goat Café (1709 Pearl St.)
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