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MLK Day: Fulfill the Dream, Share Your Voice

January 11, 2012

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. 16, 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. 16 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 Thursday, January 19 and Friday, Jan. 20. The theme of this year's celebration is 'Fulfill the Dream: Share Your Voice."

MLK events

  • Monday, January 16, 11 a.m. - Community march - Meet at Old Town Square and join others in a procession to the Lory Student Center. Transportation will be available back to Old Town.
  • Monday, January 16, 11:45 a.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. celebration featuring Poudre School District winners from the essay/poetry contest. Immediately after the celebration, there will be a volunteer fair held in the Lory Student Center Food Court.
  • Monday, January 16 - Loveland's MLK Day Celebration, Thompson Valley High School, 1669 Eagle Drive, Loveland.  For more info, contact Dick Barton.
  • Thursday, January 19, Noon-1:30 p.m.  - The film, "Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story, will be shown in the Lory Student Center, Room 224-226. The film shows that segregation has been as virulent and persistent in the North as in the South, and it, too, has resulted from deliberate public policies based in deep-rooted racial predjudice. The film examines the bitter struggle over equal housing rights in Yonkers, New York during the 1980s to show the "massive resistence" the Civil Rights movement came up against as it moved North.
  • Friday, Jan. 20, 3:30-5 p.m. - Preacher Moss will give an "End of Racism" workshop in Lory Student Center, Room 203-205.
  • Friday, Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m. - Preacher Moss presents the “End of Racism Comedy Tour" in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. "The objective of "End of Racism" is to carefully put a smile in the hearts of all brothers and sisters, thus developing a dialogue whereby we see the essential need to put the "human" back into "humanity." The "End of Racism" was once a tour, became a movement, and now we seek to make the "End of Racisim " a reality." 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