Save the date: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration set for Jan. 16

The Colorado State University and Fort Collins communities will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16. The theme of this year’s celebration is titled Violence. Oppression. Isolation. Cannot. Endure.  (V.O.I.C.E.).

While planning is still in the works for the annual event, the celebration will include a route for the march to commemorate Black families who put down roots in northern Fort Collins in the early 1900s. 

The march starts on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at Washington Park (301 Maple St.). From Washington Park, the march will head north to Cherry Street, west to Meldrum Street, and south back to campus, ending at the Lory Student Center. The route, approximately 1.3 miles, features several historical Black houses located on Meldrum Street.

According to organizers, they are working to combine the strength of individual and interconnected campaigns against all forms of discrimination and disadvantage. 

There are multiple volunteer opportunities for the celebration and march:

  • MLK Day of Service: 8-10 a.m.
  • MLK March: Assist at street intersections along the march route starting at 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. MLK Community Resource Fair immediately following the celebration in the Lory Student Center.
  • MLK Program and Keynote: Event assistance before the march at Washington Park and keynote in the LSC.
  • MLK March: Trash collection following the march starting at Washington Park no later than 11 a.m.

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