2022 MLK Jr. Day Celebration Grants

The City of Boulder supports organizations that honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and explore his work in the context of the Boulder community.

2022 Event Schedule

The City of Boulder’s Human Relations Commission and Office of Arts and Culture have provided funding for several community events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2022. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

The city remains committed to its core value of community safety and will follow all local health and safety requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All events have a virtual option and in-person events will follow Boulder County COVID-19 guidelines.

Jan. 16

1:30 - 5 p.m.: The Dream: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Presented by NAACP Boulder County, Second Baptist Church, NAACP Boulder County Executive Committee for African American Cultural Events

ONLINE and IN-PERSON at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder

This opening reception will include musical, spoken word, dance, and video presentations, as well as several featured speakers. The highlight will be the opening of the Exhibit from the Withers Museum of Memphis by the noted Civil Rights Photographer, the late Dr. Ernest C. Withers. The keynote speaker will be Rosalind Withers, current director of the Museum. The exhibit will run through February, which is Black History Month. This event encompasses the Five Pillars: of Celebration, Tribute, Education, Solidarity, Service.

The ongoing February display and related closing ceremony is organized by the NAACP Boulder County Executive Committee for African American Cultural Events.

Reserve your tickets at thedairy.org or tune in virtually on YouTube.

7 p.m.: Undoing the Noble Crusade Documentary Screening

Presented by Boulder Community Media

ONLINE via Zoom

Undoing the Noble Crusade is based on a passage from "Why We Can't Wait" a book by Martin Luther King, Jr. He wrote in 1963, "We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade." The short film also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Native American Rights Fund that was established in the spirit of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The second documentary to screen is "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.

Jan. 17

Events not sponsored by the city include:

10 a.m.: The Dream: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Part II

Presented by NAACP Boulder County, Second Baptist Church, NAACP Boulder County Executive Committee for African American Cultural Events

ONLINE and IN-PERSON at Silver Creek High School, 4901 Nelson Road, Longmont

Boulder NAACP’s Walk With Me series continue with a keynote address by Attorney Rodney K. Strong, speakers, singers, and dancers. Attorney Strong is a celebrated innovator in minority business contracting. A champion of the Civil Rights Movement, Rodney advises and collaborates with a host of civic leaders. He will speak on lessons learned and how we move forward with civil rights work today.

Reserve your tickets in-person tickets at Eventbrite or tune in virtually on YouTube.

12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Power in the Streets: Standing for a World of Justice and Equity

Presented by Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

ONLINE via Zoom

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. Non-Violent resistance also poses unique challenges and risks that require our understanding, as well as practical skills and strategies for addressing them. Experienced Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) trainers Razz Gormley & Devon Reynolds will explore why NVDA is effective and share the foundational skills of de-escalation, riot response preparedness, forming affinity groups, informed consent culture, and more, that are critical for mitigating risk and remaining non-violent in today’s world. Register through Zoom.

3 to 4 p.m.: “Let Us Be Dissatisfied Until...”: ACLU Colorado Leaders read JustUs monologues in honor of Dr. MLK Jr. Day

Presented by Motus Theater

ONLINE live streaming from the Dairy Arts Center

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Motus Theater and Colorado ACLU present a special virtual LIVE STREAMED performance in which Deborah Richardson, Executive Director of Colorado ACLU, and Velveta Golightly-Howell, member of the ACLU Colorado Board of Directors, will stand with two community leaders who were formerly incarcerated, from Motus Theater’s JustUs project, and read aloud their stories. Musical response from acclaimed singer/songwriter Carlos Heredia, who is premiering a new song in honor of the JustUs monologues. The reading will be followed by a discussion on the racism and violence within the criminal legal system in light of Dr. King Jr.’s civil rights legacy. Free, family-friendly event (middle school age and up). Reserve your online tickets at thedairy.org.

5 to 6 p.m.: Race & Local History: Creating a Podcast Influenced by Los Seis de Boulder

Presented by by CU Boulder’s Boulder Affordable Housing Research Initiative (CU BAHRI)

ONLINE via Zoom

Equitable access to landscapes can and has impacted the safety and livelihood of Boulder’s Chicanx and Latinx residents. In this podcast produced by CU Boulder’s Boulder Affordable Housing Research Initiative (CU BAHRI), students and faculty explore the connections between the issue of affordable housing, its impact on the Latinx and Chicanx community in Boulder, and Los Seis de Boulder. This presentation explores the ways in which the deaths of Los Seis exemplify systemic and geographic segregation, which continues today. Audience discussion will be part of the event. Access the podcast at www.colorado.edu/bahri/podcast (not required to attend event) and register for the event through Zoom.