Each year, the City of Boulder provides support to organizations that celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and explore his work in the context of the Boulder community.

This year, the city’s Human Relations Commission and Office of Arts and Culture have provided funding for several community events and exhibits to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022. All events and exhibits will be located at the Dairy Center, 2590 Walnut St. in Boulder.

2022 Event Schedule

The events honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and extend insight into his vision. Admission to all events is free and open to the public, including:

  • Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m.: The Dream: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. This event is presented by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Boulder County and Second Baptist Church and marks the opening of the exhibit from the Withers Museum of Memphis by the noted Civil Rights Photographer, the late Dr. Ernest C. Withers. This opening event will include musical, spoken word, dance, and video presentations, as well as several featured speakers. The exhibit will run through Feb. 28, and the ongoing display is presented by the NAACP Boulder County Executive Committee for African American Cultural Events. Reserve your tickets at thedairy.org or tune in virtually on YouTube.
  • Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.: Undoing the Noble Crusade Documentary Screening. This event is presented by Boulder Community Media. Undoing the Noble Crusade is based on a passage from "Why We Can't Wait," a book by Martin Luther King, Jr. The short film by Alan O’Hashi commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Native American Rights Fund that was established in the spirit of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. This screening will be followed by a screening of "Beyond Sand Creek" about the efforts of the Arapaho tribe to undo stereotypes, renew their language and culture and tie those to their traditional homeland in Boulder. Tune in on Zoom at https://bit.ly/noblecausemlk.

For additional information, including a list of other community events commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022, visit the MLK Jr. Day Program page.