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Boulder Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The City of Boulder invites the community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through several community-led events, including a march, theater, music, discussions, poetry, story reading and lectures. Many events are sponsored by the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission and the Boulder Arts Commission.

2020 Martin Luther King Day, Jr. events

Peers Building Justice
Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boulder Public Library, Boulder Creek Room, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue
Youth will showcase their research findings and personal connections to civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and racial justice through creative projects. Event hosted by, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Saturday, Jan. 18, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 5300 Baseline Road
Celebration lunch, panel discussion, poetry reading, storytelling and performance of the Heritage Choir.
Event hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee.

Interrogating and Imagining Public Space – Art, Representation and Justice
Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at C.U. Visual Arts Complex, 1085 18th Street.
This event will include a seminar/lecture about CU Boulder’s Educational Opportunity Programs, which were established in direct reaction to the assassination of Dr. King in 1968, student speakers, tile making and music. This event hosted by Graduate Students of Color Collective.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Lock-In / Day of Service
Sunday, Jan. 19 – Monday, Jan. 20 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3700 Baseline Road.
Youth overnight lock-in followed by a day of service. Participants need to reserve space in advance.
Event organized by the Community United Church of Christ Boulder, First Congregational Boulder, Islamic Center of Boulder, and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March
Monday, Jan. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.  The event will begin at St. Johns Church, 1419 Pine Street and conclude at The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street.
This event is hosted by Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

Justus Performance, Incarceration Stories
Monday, Jan. 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street.
A theater work featuring autobiographical monologues by formerly incarcerated community members. This event is hosted by Motus Theater.

2020 Martin Luther King Day Talent Showcase of Boulder
Monday, Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road.
This is a talent show featuring local singers, dancers, and music groups. One performance is a presentation of one of Martin Luther King’s speeches designed to extend insight into his life and dream. This event is hosted by the Boulder Speakers Bureau.

For more information on these events, visit or call German Velasco of Boulder Office of Human Rights/Department of Human Services, at 303-441-4197.

Published: Jan. 13, 2020

Zach McGee, Media Relations, 303-441-2339
Clay Fong, Community Relations, 303-441-3141