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

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 performances, film, theater, art, music, discussions, poetry, story reading and lectures. Many events are sponsored by the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission and the Boulder Arts Commission. Please visit our website for full descriptions and links to participate.  

2021 Martin Luther King Day, Jr. virtual events

Little Words, Big Issues
Saturday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: SPEAK  

A group of young women will be leading our community through an exploration to discover the power of our voices. In this event, you will examine how the little words you use connect to larger issues, how to use your language to help, not hurt, and how to call others in when they use hurtful words. 

Black In Boulder
Saturday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Presented by: Selasee & The Fafa Family 

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, an intriguing multigenerational lineup of Black folks come together to share their thoughts and feelings about living in Boulder while Black, past and present. In Boulder’s predominantly white community, the experiences of Black people differ significantly from white people. For various reasons and despite the challenges, some Black people stay, some leave, and some go on to raise their families in Boulder. 

Catharsis of Storytelling with Assètou Xango
Sunday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.
Presented by: The Dairy Arts Center 

In a society built on racism, telling our own stories is the most powerful, and sometimes, the only tool we have. It is cathartic, it is clearing, and it has been the quiet vehicle of progress since the beginning of our existence. In this workshop, for the new or novice writer, you will dip your quill into this deep well of freedom. 

16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulder County Community Celebration: Why We Can’t Wait!
Monday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presented by: First Congregational Church and NAACP Boulder County 

Please join us in our 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The Boulder County Community has collaborated and created an outstanding event that will feature youth from the Boulder Valley School District and the St. Vrain Valley School District. This Year's stellar program will air worldwide and feature varied performances by local and national performers. 

Power In the Streets: Standing for a World of Justice and Equity 
(Concurrent event not funded by the City of Boulder)
Monday, Jan 18, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Presented by: Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center 

Dr. King is renowned for his passion, wisdom, strategic brilliance and commitment to Non-Violence. He taught that Non-Violent Resistance is effective, but not easy. It requires us to exercise our inner-strength and resolve but can potentially be the most powerful way to grow movements, win hearts and minds to our causes and create the changes that we want to see in the world. 

Expressing the Civil Rights Impact of the Criminal Justice System
Monday, Jan. 18, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Presented by: Motus Theater 

Motus Theater is offering a virtual space for music, poetry, and storytelling featuring Black Americans speaking out against mass incarceration. Don’t miss formerly incarcerated Motus Monologists from the JustUs project with the incomparable national slam poet Dominique Christina; powerful music from Spirit Grace; and DA, Michael Dougherty stepping into the shoes of a JustUs monologist by reading his story aloud and reflecting on the impact of the criminal legal system on his life. 

From Legacy to Possibility
Monday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Presented by: The Dairy Arts Center 

A virtual event hosted by poet Briannah Hill, featuring poets Assétou Xango and Hakeem Furious, visual artist Tya Alisa Anthony, and musicians Hazel Miller and Julia Kirkwood. Includes a curated Playlist from Hazel Miller and Julia Kirkwood and a creator spotlight and at-home art lesson by Tya Alisa Anthony. 

Every Child is Born a Poet & Zoomback
Monday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
Presented by: The Dairy Arts Center 

An incendiary mix of documentary, poetry, storytelling, drama, and performance, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET explores the life and work of Piri Thomas (b. 1928) the Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican author of the classic autobiographical novel Down These Mean Streets (1967). A stylized, genre-spanning production, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET is a riveting portrait of a life lived through struggle, self-discovery, and transformation as it examines Thomas’ use of creative expression as a means of confronting poverty, racism, violence and isolation. 

For more information on these events including links to participate, visit or call Clay Fong, Manager, Community Relations and Office of Human Rights  at 303-441-3141.  

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

Published Jan. 12, 2021