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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 2019’s celebration will build upon previous years.

1st and foremost, this year we are asking our community to Be the Catalyst – 3 simple, but powerful words!

Monday, January 21st the March will begin in Old Town to the doors of the Lory Student Center Main Ballrooms where you will be graced with a musical performance.  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.

To understand our individual and collective responsibility, we will then break into small groups to engage in conversation about topics ranging from affordable housing, the arts, interfaith coalition, education to food insecurity and much more as it relates to accessibility, equity and inclusion for all.  In partnership with Homeward Alliance, there will be a couple of opportunities to take part in community service (before and after the March).  This addition creates opportunity for you to Be the Catalyst even before the 21st!!!!  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 20th 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 21st, please arrive to the Lory Student Center (Room 382) by 9:30 a.m. for a brief presentation.

TRAVEL SIZE (preferably, all donations accepted)

  • Diapers
  • Socks
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Individual size & prepackaged non-perishable snacks

January 21st Agenda

  • 9 – 10:30     Community Service Project (Lory Student Center, Room 382)
  • 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   Keynote & Entertainment (LSC Ballrooms)
  • 1:00 – 2:00   Community Dialogues including Community Service Project continuation (throughout LSC)*
  • 2:00 – 2:30   Closing

*understanding this calls for a long day, refreshments provided for those who will be engaging in community dialogues

Community Dialogues will be designed with elementary students in mind as well as Senior Citizens and everyone in between, for we all have a role in making Ft Collins truly a great place to live for ALL.

Please make note of the listed changes and plan accordingly… it will be a day full of opportunity!

Thank you!


About Our Keynote:

Fleurette (Flo) King serves as the Principal Consultant of Thriving Inclusion. She has demonstrated innovation and achievement in diversity, equity and inclusion policies since 1993. She continues to present best practices, policies and award-winning models at regional and national conferences namely affiliated with the True Colors Conference, the Amnesty International-Midwest, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Creating Change Conference, White Privilege Conference (WPC), and the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).  King has held full-time appointments at Loras College, DePaul University, Princeton University, the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Northern Colorado. She has an M.A. in sociology from DePaul University and a B.A. in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University. Recently, King was a recipient of the 2015 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Sisterhood Award, the 2016 Dorothy Award and the 2016 GLAD Award.  She enjoys racquetball, travel documentaries, social movement history and spending time with her partner, friends and family.

2019 Dr. MLK, Jr. March & Celebration
Small Group Breakout Sessions
SessionRoom Number
Interfaith Council304
Higher Education306
Arts & Social Justice308
Inclusive Work Places310
Civic Engagement (Voting / Identity-based)312
Primary & Secondary Education322
Food Insecurity372
Violence in US Society374
Human Trafficking376
Housing / Affordability378
Active Community Service382
Public Transportation386
Open Session to Respond to KeynoteBallroom

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, “Be the Catalyst”.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March & Celebration Gallery