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CSU commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day


In his "I Have a Dream" speech, Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado!" On January 19, the Colorado State University and the communities of Fort Collins and Loveland will walk and sing together, making King's hope a reality.

A time for change

The Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Loveland communities will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on Jan. 19, 2009. The theme of this year's celebration is A Time for Change.

Community march 

This year, a significant change has been made to the beginning of the Martin Luther King Day celebration in Fort Collins.

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. Poetry and essay reading begins at 9:30 a.m.

Before the march, the community is invited to a 9:30 a.m. poetry and essay reading at the CSU Bookstore in the Lory Student Center. Readers will include Poudre School District students whose winning poems and essays were selected through the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay and poetry contest.

Speech by Denise Hall at Lory's Main Ballroom

The march will conclude with an address by guest speaker Denise Hall at 11:45 a.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. Hall is founder and director of Mother Earth Reverence Farms and Wellness Veterinary Clinic in Greeley, Colo. She also is intern minister at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins.

Unlike previous years when speeches were given outside on the Oval and in Old Town, this year's keynote speaker will be indoors in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center to alleviate concerns about weather conditions and sound quality.

The march route will be closed to traffic during the event. Participants will be encouraged to sing as they march, with words to several songs provided in the printed program.

Loveland celebration

Loveland's 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at Thompson Valley High School, 1669 Eagle Drive. For more information, contact

Events throughout the week of Jan. 19

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will include events throughout the week of Jan. 19 and conclude with a day of service. New event details when available at:


Contact: Lance Wright
Phone: (970) 491-6921