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Celebrate the 'Faces of Freedom' on MLK Day

January 9, 2013

The Colorado State University and Fort Collins communities will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with several events on Monday, Jan. 21.

The traditional one-mile community march will begin at 1 p.m. this year to accommodate the Presidential Inauguration.The theme of this year's celebration is "Faces of Freedom: Past, Present, Future."

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a prominent face of freedom but he is not the only face of freedom," said Bridgette Johnson, director of CSU’s Black/African American Cultural Center. "There are many everyday heroes who also represent freedom including children on the playground, teachers in the classroom, janitors cleaning the building you work in, firefighters and police officers who put their lives at risk daily and the soldiers who fight for our freedom."

Events all week

The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. with the traditional community march from Old Town Square to the Lory Student Center. Free transportation back to Old Town will be available.

The march leads to the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, which starts at 1:45 p.m. in the LSC Main Ballroom. The event features Poudre School District winners from the essay/poetry contest as well as a Volunteer Fair, located in the LSC Food Court, immediately following the program.

On Friday, Jan. 25, a free interactive workshop, Dialogues on Diversity: “Fun Finding Out What You Don’t Know,” gives participants the opportunity to explore social cultural similarities and differences through a series of games and exercises. The workshop is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in LSC Room 210.

Concluding this year’s MLK, Jr. celebration is “The Black Jew Dialogues,” a live stand-up performance by Larry Tish and Ron Jones, which begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in the LSC Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

March route impacts traffic

The route of the one-mile community march, which begins at 1 p.m. this year to accommodate the Presidential Inauguration, will start in Old Town Square and continue south down College Avenue, then west on Laurel Street. The march will proceed through the center of the Oval, then continue west on Isotope Drive and end at the Lory Student Center. Participants are encouraged to sing as they march.

Traffic will be restricted during the march, including 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. 21, two-hour parking restrictions in Old Town will not apply.