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MLK Day: A day on instead of a day off

January 14, 2011

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a 17 minute speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Near the end of his speech, King began improvising, passionately repeating the phrase, "I have a dream...," calling on Americans to stand together against racial injustice. On Monday, Jan. 17, Colorado State University will hold several events in honor of King and his vision.

King's I have a dream speech was considered brilliant in that he spoke plainly about barriers to human and civil rights without alienating his diverse audience.

'I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'

~ Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream speech, 1963

Mark your calendars now and join the Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and Loveland communities on Monday, Jan. 17 in showing solidarity and support for Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of equality for people of all races, ethnicities, and creeds.

There are also events planned for Friday, Jan. 21. The theme of this year's celebration is 'Educating the Heart and the Mind."

MLK events

  • Monday, Jan. 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. - There will be a reading of winning MLK essays and poems by local students at the CSU Bookstore.
  • Monday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m. to noon - Community march, Old Town Square, Fort Collins. Meet at Old Town Square and join the march to the Lory Student Center. Transportation will be available back to Old Town Square.
  • Monday, Jan. 17, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. The keynote speaker is Irene Vernon. The CLPE RiverSong Choir, Slam Poet Panama Soweto and Dance Express will perform.
  • Monday, Jan. 17 - Immediately following the keynote speaker, a volunteer fair will be held in the LSC Food Court.
  • Monday, Jan. 17, 7-10 p.m. - Loveland's MLK Day Celebration. For more information please contact Dick Barton,, Thompson Valley High School, 1669 Eagle Drive, Loveland.
  • Friday, Jan. 21, 2-3:30 p.m. - Preacher Moss will give an "End of Racism" workshop, Lory Student Center Room 230.
  • Friday, Jan. 21, 9-10 p.m. - Preacher Moss presents “End of Racism” Comedy Tour, Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. Admission is free.

How well do you know King's 'I have a dream' speech?

Note: The feature image that accompanies this story's intro is courtesy of CSU Photography.

Contact: Lance Wright