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Celebrate MLK Day with 'Fulfill the Dream: A Day On Not A Day Off' Jan. 16

January 5, 2012

The CSU, Fort Collins and Loveland communities will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with events on Monday, Jan. 16. The theme of this year's celebration is "Fulfill the Dream: A Day On Not A Day Off."

CSU's 2012 MLK celebrationCommunity march begins at 11 a.m.

The route for the traditional one-mile community march, which starts at 11 a.m., will begin in Old Town Square, Fort Collins, and continue down College Avenue to Laurel Street. The march will proceed through the center of the Oval on Colorado State's campus, then continue west on Isotope Drive to end at CSU's Lory Student Center. Participants will be encouraged to sing as they march. Fale (Fort Collins African Drum & Dance Troupe) will lead the march and make appearances throughout the celebration in the Lory Student Center.

Traffic will be restricted during the march. Those restrictions will include delays along portions of College Avenue and Mountain, Oak, Olive, Magnolia, Mulberry, Myrtle, Laurel, Mason and Howes streets. Parking in city garages - located at Remington and Mountain and at Mason and Laporte - will be free on Jan. 16. Two-hour parking restrictions in Old Town will not apply.

Celebration features poetry and essay winners

Immediately following the march, a celebration will commence in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom at 11:45 a.m. During the celebration, this year's poetry and essay winners from the Poudre School District will read their winning works.

Volunteer Fair

Following the celebration, the Volunteer Fair will be held in the Lory Student Center Food Court. Several local agencies will be on hand to offer the opportunity to learn how to get involved in the community and bring King’s dream to reality.

More information about the event

Visit the MLK Jr. Celebration website at If you have any questions, you can direct them to Brett via e-mail or by phone at (970) 980-1871.

Loveland's 21st MLK celebration

Loveland's 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Thompson Valley High School, 1669 Eagle Drive. For more information, contact

Volunteers play a critical role

An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the continued support of volunteers throughout the CSU campus and Fort Collins communities.

The Celebration Planning Committee is seeking volunteers for various opportunities, including:

  • LSC Ballroom Decorating (9–10:30 a.m.)
  • Set-up for the Agency Fair (10:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Greeting and Directing March Leaders in Old Town (10:30–11:45 a.m.)
  • Assisting with Street Closures (10:30–11:45 a.m.)
  • Dignitary Check-In (11:15-11:45 a.m.)
  • Celebration Greeters – Program Handouts and Seating (11:15AM-12:15 p.m.)
  • Staffing the Agency Fair (12:45-2 p.m.)
  • Agency Fair and Event Cleanup (2-3 p.m.)

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2012 MLK Jr. Celebration, please sign up online at or email Brett Rundle at

The MLK volunteer coordinators will follow-up with you to provide more specifics closer to the event.