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.
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
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.
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.
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
or call 303-455-5600.
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
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.