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Martin Luther King Day 2017

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in Boulder

The life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated in Boulder through a Youth Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, and with a variety of community-led events on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

The Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) has organized a Day of Service for youth ages 14 to 18 to volunteer at local community agencies from 12:30 to 4 p.m.  Youth can visit to sign up to volunteer.

Monday’s schedule includes a rally/march, art exhibits, interactive workshops, lectures, music, video and poetry.

Events will kick off on Monday, Jan. 16 with a rally/march organized by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Interested community members should meet at 11 a.m. in front of the Courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall to hear speakers and music and participate in a march along Pearl Street, Broadway and Canyon Boulevard.

 1 -  3 p.m. a participatory workshop organized by SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and Nii Armah Sowah will be offered. Participants will take a deeper look at the civil rights movement, reconsider the role of the white majority in contemporary racial justice work and inspire participations to become more actively engaged. SURJ will host this event at St. John’s Episcopal Church (1419 Pine St.) from 1 – 3 p.m.

3:30 - 5 p.m. Motus Theater will host Boulder performance poet/social justice activist Norma Johnson as she performs her poems about race and racism to inspire group conversation and reflection. Award winning saxophonist Dexter Payne will interweave musical reflection and accompaniment. The event is being held at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Carsen Theater (2590 Walnut St).  It is intended for adults and children 10 years of age or older who are accompanied by an engaged parent.

4 to 6 p.m., the Alfalfa’s Community Room (1651 Broadway) will be the venue for Peers Building Justice’s event, MLK Day: A Racial Justice Conversation, where attendees will explore themes of racial justice through graphic arts, video and poetry. This event is youth led and is encouraging the community to come engage in social justice topics.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., high school students and adults will participate in an interactive workshop that honors Dr. King's advocacy for the rights of Native Americans. Participants will experience the colonization of Turtle Island (North America) from the perspective of the 800 Indigenous nations who lived here before the arrival of Europeans. This workshop will be held in the Parlor Room, First United Methodist Church (1421 Spruce St.).
For more information on the events, see The day of events is sponsored by: Boulder MLK Planning Committee; City of Boulder: Human Relations Commission, Youth Opportunities Program (YOAB) & the Office of Human Rights.

For more information call Allison Bayley, City of Boulder Youth Opportunities Program/Department of Human Services, at 303-441-4349.

Monday’s day of celebration is coordinated by community organizations and the City of Boulder and is sponsored by the city’s Human Relations Commission and Youth Opportunities Advisory Board.

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