Maricielo Jacobo, 15, at center, marches with others during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally and parade on Monday in Boulder.

Editor’s note: The Camera has learned the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rally and march starting point has been moved to the Boulder County Courthouse. 

Longmont’s Glenda Strong Robinson joined a march led by Martin Luther King Jr. in support of striking sanitation workers in 1968 in Memphis shortly before King’s assassination.

Then she marched with about 40,000 others, led by King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, through Memphis to mourn his April 4 death.

“I was a part of that amazing, life changing movement,” said Robinson, who is a minister at Boulder’s Second Baptist Church.”I don’t want us to forget the man who taught us to dream. We’re carrying on the legacy of keeping his dream alive.”

Robinson and her sister, Madelyn Strong Woodley, are co-chairs of the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee planning committee organizing the city’s Martin Luther King Day celebration. They’re also participating in two more Martin Luther King Day events around Boulder County, with Woodley taking the lead on organizing performances by the Colorado Heritage Community Choir.

Woodley said the theme connecting all the events is unity.

“We’re hoping to unify our community of Boulder County, regardless of where you live,” she said. “This division that seems to exist needs to cease.”

Longmont’s “All Cultures One Voice” event is 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Silver Creek High School, 4901 Nelson Road. The event features the Heritage Community Choir, the Silver Creek High School Jazz Band and cultural dancers. The keynote speaker is Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett of Memphis, Tennessee.

Robinson and Woodley also plan to participate in one of the weekend Martin Luther King events organized in Boulder.

That event is a celebration lunch, panel discussion and poetry reading from noon to 4 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 5300 Baseline Road. The event also includes storytelling and a performance of the Heritage Choir.

The event is hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee and is a collaboration between Second Baptist Church and the NAACP.

Boulder is offering two more events on Saturday.

At the Peers Building Justice event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Boulder Public Library, young people will showcase research and personal connections to civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr. and racial justice through creative projects. The event is hosted by Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.

Also on Saturday, there’s an opportunity to learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder’s Educational Opportunity Programs, which were established in reaction to King’s assassination in 1968.

Along with a lecture about those programs, the “Interrogating and Imagining Public Space – Art, Representation and Justice” event from from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. includes student speakers, tile making and music. The event, hosted by the Graduate Students of Color Collective, will be at the CU Boulder Visual Arts Complex, 1085 18th St.

On Monday, Boulder’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day lineup includes a rally and march from 2 to 4 p.m., starting at Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., and ending at The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. The event is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

“Justus Performance, Incarceration Stories,” a theater work featuring autobiographical monologues by formerly incarcerated community members, is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. The event is hosted by Motus Theater.

A talent showcase is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. The show features local singers, dancers and music groups, including a performance of one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. The event is hosted by the Boulder Speakers Bureau.

Boulder’s events were chosen by the Human Relations Commission in collaboration with the Boulder Arts Commission.

“The work that Martin Luther King Jr. started well over 50 years ago is far from complete,” Clay Fong, Boulder Community Relations Manager and a food critic for the Daily Camera, wrote in an email. “This celebration gives Boulder an opportunity to look at both the historic struggle for civil rights as well as the work that still remains to be done.”

At CU Boulder, the annual Martin Luther King community celebration starts at 3 p.m. Monday with a reception, followed by speakers and performances at 4 p.m. at the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the University Memorial Center.

Boulder City Council member Junie Joseph will be the keynote speaker, while Whittier Elementary students will sing “We Shall Overcome.”

The event is hosted by St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Campus Ministry and the CU Boulder Hillel in partnership with the CU Boulder Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

In Lafayette, the city’s Youth Advisory Committee is organizing its 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. March for Peace and Celebration.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Angevine Middle School, 1150 W South Boulder Road, with a celebration that includes welcomes by local officials, entertainment, refreshments and family activities.

Congressman Joe Neguse is scheduled to speak, while Fruta Brutal, a Boulder-based band that synthesizes Latin America rhythms with popular U.S. genres, is playing. Several Lafayette youth also will showcase their talents during the pre-march celebration.

The march for peace follows at 1 p.m., leaving from Angevine and ending at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road. Event t-shirts will be distributed to the first 300 community members who arrive at Angevine.

Katie Perez, Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee Co-Chair and a senior at Peak to Peak Charter School, said the committee planned the event around a Martin Luther King quote: “The time is always right to do what is right.”

“It’s a good way to get kids out of their bed and come hang out and have a good time,” she said. “Young people have a lot to say, but sometimes not a safe place to say it.”

Her personal contribution, she said, is including information at the event on mental health. She also wrote a story after she lost her older brother to suicide three years ago that was recorded and will be available for people to listen to at a booth at the event. Other teens plan to talk about their efforts to get all flavored vaping products banned in the city.

The event is supported by the Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Recreation Center, YWCA of Boulder County and Lafayette Communities That Care.

Also in east county, at the Erie Community Library, there’s a Martin Luther King Day of Service is from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday. The library is at 400 Powers St.

The open house style event includes easy service activities for all ages, including making care-packages for the troops, making kindness rocks and making loomed hats for cancer patients. Supplies are provided for all activities.

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