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City Supports Events to Honor the Life and Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Events kick off Saturday, Jan. 13, and end Wednesday, Jan. 17

The City of Boulder invites the community to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through seven community-led events, including a march, art exhibits, interactive workshops, poetry, discussions and a community forum. The events kick off Saturday, Jan. 13, and end Wednesday, Jan. 17, with Community Speak-Out: Share Your Experience of Discrimination and Inclusivity in Boulder.

The following events, organized by community partners and the City of Boulder, are sponsored by the city’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) and the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB):

Courageous CARE (Conversation, Action, Reflection, Empowerment) Panel Discussion
Saturday, Jan. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church (5300 Baseline Road)
Events will kick off with a panel discussion that will educate attendees on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and will include individuals who were actively engaged in the Civil Rights Movement. Participants will be able to sing Civil Rights-era songs during the event, and will also receive print resources with information about organizations and activities working to sustain the ideals of MLK.

4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Day of Service
Saturday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for more info and to register.
Youth ages 14 to 18 are invited to spend their day volunteering at a community-based organization during the 4th Annual Youth Day of Service, coordinated by YOAB. Pre-registration online is required for participation.

Dominique Christina: Poetic Justice in Honor of MLK Jr. Day
Saturday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old Main Chapel (1600 Pleasant, CU Boulder Campus)
Motus Theater, in collaboration with the Student Creative Writing Association (sCWA) at CU-Boulder, and with sponsorship of the YWCA of Boulder County, will host award-winning writer, performer, educator, activist and slam poet champion Dominique Christina. Ms. Christina will perform poems about current civil rights challenges in honor of the life and legacy of MLK. Christina holds five national poetry slam titles. Student poets from CU-Boulder’s sCWA will open the performance.

Rally/March with Speakers and Music
Monday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting at the Courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall
The celebration will continue 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 to participate in a march along Pearl Street, Broadway and Canyon Boulevard.

Peers Building Justice’s “Martin Luther King Day: A Racial Justice Conversation"
Monday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Alfalfa’s Community Room (1651 Broadway)
Following the rally/march, Peers Building Justice will host “Martin Luther King Day: A Racial Justice Conversation.” Attendees will explore themes of racial justice through graphic arts, research and poetry. This event is youth-led, and all members of the community are welcome.

Showing Up for Racial Justice Workshop
Monday, Jan. 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church (1419 Pine St.)
BSURJ (which stands for Boulder Showing Up for Racial Justice) will present an interactive dialogue about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s direct-action activism. BSURJ will host a panel of current local activists who are engaging in direct action. The panel will give particular attention to the intersectionality of race, gender and economic status and how the community can move forward in these areas. Separate educational activities will be offered for children ages 6-12, and there will be childcare for younger children.

Community Speak-Out: Share Your Experience of Discrimination and Inclusivity in Boulder
Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Senior Center (909 Arapahoe Ave.)
The Human Relations Commission will host a reception at 5:30 p.m., and the Community Speak-Out will begin at 6 p.m. City staff from the Human Services Department will give a brief presentation on city ordinances that protect humans right and wages. Following the presentation, the HRC will hold a public hearing regarding individual experiences of discrimination and inclusivity in Boulder.  

For more information on the events, visit or call Eitan Kantor, City of Boulder Office of Human Rights/Department of Human Services, at 303-441-4197.

Published: Jan. 8, 2018

Zach McGee, Media Relations, 303-441-2339
Eitan Kantor, Boulder MLK Planning Committee, 303-441-4197

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