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Marade, Humanitarian Awards Honor Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Print |  E-mail

by Don Preziosi

The unwavering and unique legacy of human rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will continue to inspire a new generation as thousands gather in Dr. King’s honor for the 29th annual Martin Luther King Day Marade, winding from City Park to Civic Center on Mon., Jan. 20, rain, snow or shine.

Event coordinator Vern Howard, active in the Marade since 1986, and point person  since 1992 (Vern and his wife have given innumerable hours and plenty of funds), spearheaded the growth of the MLK Day Marade from a small local event into the largest such annual celebration in the country, surpassing even the gathering in our nation’s capital.

Participants should congregate at the Dr. King memorial site in City Park – just north of East High School, E. 17th Ave. at Josephine St. – at 9a.m., in advance of the Marade start at 10a.m. The event will include comments from Dr. Derek Barber King, Sr., nephew of the day’s honoree, as well as a special program in recognition of the life and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela.

Attendees are asked to bring any used cell phones they might have for distribution to female victims of domestic violence, and personal toiletries and canned food for homeless people in Denver.

Later that evening, the 108th National Western Stock Show welcomes the Martin Luther King, Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo, at 6p.m. Black cowboys and cowgirls compete in the Pony Express relay; ladies steer “undecorating;” and more traditional rodeo events. For information and tickets, call 303-295-6124 or visit nationalwestern.com.

The energetic non-profit Ground-work Denver will once again host a Martin Luther King Day Neighborhood Energy Action on Mon., Jan. 20, 1-4p.m., as part of the MLK National Day of Service. The specific target of this year’s effort was still being determined at press time. Previous actions have been directed at the Montbello and Park Hill neighborhoods. Volunteers will assist Denver families to reduce their energy bills and sign up for annual programs including recycling, composting and Denver street trees.

For info: email Dele Johnson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 303-455-5600.

The Humanitarian Awards Committee of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commis-sion will honor four humanitarian leaders who live and lead in the example of peace and quality exemplified by Dr. King, on Tues., Jan. 14, 6p.m., at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert & Humanitarian Awards, at Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St.

Now in its 24th year, this annual celebration will feature a King Celebration Concert by the Colorado Symphony. Admission is free, but tickets are required; they may be obtained in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office. All seating is general admission and a ticket does not guarantee a seat, so early arrival is advised.

Other related events include the 20th annual MLK Peace Awards & Breakfast, Fri., Jan. 17, 8a.m., at the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Pkwy. ($15 tickets, RSVP to 303-739-7580), followed by the 29th annual MLK Social Responsibility Awards Luncheon, 11:45a.m., at Marriott City Center Downtown, with comments from Dr. Derek Barber King, Sr. Luncheon tickets are $75. RSVP to 720-323-3333 or 980-468-1488.

For complete details about MLK Day events around the metro area, visit drmartinlkingjrchc.org.

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