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Join Us in Old Town Fort Collins as We Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and His Call to Action!

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration is one that brings our community together annually.  While we have made a few noted changes, with no doubt 2020’s celebration will build upon previous years.

We are asking our community to think about this year’s theme: Preservation to Manifestation!

On Monday, January 20th, the March will begin in Old Town Square and lead to the doors of the Lory Student Center Main Ballrooms where the formal program will begin.  Shortly thereafter, we will be empowered by our keynote speaker.  It is our hope that the day will create action where people will leave the event with a renewed sense of focus and purpose specifically on how we can daily disrupt oppressive systems.

In partnership with Homeward Alliance, there will be an opportunity to take part in community service before the March. Please consider donating the listed items below – main drop of location is the LSC Information desk (open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through January 17th click here for specific dates and times during Winter Break) or you can bring your items on the 15th).

If you are interested in helping sort donated items on January 20th, please arrive to the Lory Student Center (Room 382) by 9:00 a.m. for a brief presentation.

TRAVEL SIZE (preferably, all donations accepted)

  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Diapers
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Socks
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Wipes

January 20th Agenda

  • 9:00 – 10:30     Community Service Project (Lory Student Center)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Transportation to Old Town for those who took part in the Community Service Project
  • 11:00 – NOON  MLK Charge and March (Old Town)
  • NOON – 1:00   Welcome, Keynote, and Entertainment (LSC Ballrooms)
  • 1:00 – 1:30   Closing


Thank you!


About Our Keynote: Dr. Ryan Ross 

Dr. Ryan E. Ross is a sought after speaker, educator, leadership coach, and servant leader committed to equity and inclusion, educational access, and the development of leaders.

Ryan’s professional, community, and social contributions have afforded the opportunity to be coined “Denver’s role Model for Inclusiveness, as well as land him recognitions such as:

  • The Denver Business Journal’s prestigious 40 under Forty Award,
  • The City of Denver’s Mayoral Diversity award,
  • Being named as an African American who make a difference by the Denver Urban Spectrum,
  • Receiving Colorado’s M.O.D.E.L (Man of Distinction Excellence, and Leadership) award,
  • Receiving the 2013 MLK Humanitarian award from Colorado’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission,
  • Being named as one of Colorado’s top five most influential young professionals by COBIZ magazine, and
  • Being recognized as the 2016 Colorado 9 News leader of the year.

Ryan’s passion for community, leadership, and education is directly related to his experiences growing up and desire to pay it forward to the community that afforded him many opportunities.  Ryan’s innovative work can be witnessed through his leadership in programs such as the Kappa League Leadership development program, the Urban Male Initiative, the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado, and in collaboration with many community partners such as Denver Public Schools, the Ethnic College Counseling Center, Gilliam Youth Services, Jack and Jill of America Denver Chapter, Colorado Beautillion Inc., and the Center for Multicultural Excellence centers at the University of Denver and Colorado State University to name a few.

Professionally, Ryan serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion for the Colorado Community College System, owns a boutique speaking and consulting firm called Stirred UP Enterprises, and serves as the President of the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado.  In the community you will find him serving organizations such as the Denver Botanic Gardens, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the National Western Denver Scholarship Advisory Board.

Dr. Ryan E. Ross continues to live by his own words…“Achievement waits ahead so never look back besides why settle on being Good when we are designed to great!”

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March & Celebration takes place in collaboration and partnership with many community partners. The day is used to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, remind us of the progress we have made, and more importantly, come together to work towards equity and justice for all.

Watch as our march winds through Old Town Fort Collins, bringing an awareness to complex issues that started with a simple step. Share stories of embracing Dr. King Jr’s call to action, that leads us from “Preservation to Manifestation.”