The theme for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is “Where do we go from here?” and though this time of year usually focuses on the more celebratory historical significance of Dr. King’s accomplishments by us gathering, this year will be a bit different. While we could not put together our most ideal event, please explore the list below that range from opportunities to engage in particular activities that range from one day to one week.
As a member of our community, we ask you to reflect on what you can do as we march towards progress, equity, and justice for all by answering the question, “where do we go from here?”
Please tag us on social media using #FOCOMLK2021
A special thank you to the committee members for their work on this year’s event
In partnership with CSU and other community organizations, Poudre River Public Library District is hosting a variety of virtual programs featuring children’s stories about Martin Luther King, Jr., his life and legacy. The Library also presents a variety of recommended authors and books to further your understanding of MLK’s life and his fight for social and racial justice. Programs are free and open to the public.
Hora del Cuento / Virtual Storytime in Spanish
Enjoy special virtual storytimes that highlight the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. All virtual storytimes are available on the Library’s online events calendar and through Library’s YouTube Channel. “I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.” is available January 12 and “Be a King” is available January 18.
Call 970-829-1301 to hear Library storytellers read new children’s stories every week. Stories are available in English, Spanish, and French. In honor of MLK Day, Phone-a-Story during the week of January 18 will feature “This Little Dreamer” in Spanish and “The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr.” retold in French.
Check out the Library’s website and Readers’ Café for a variety of book lists highlight the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. including books by African American authors, books about social and racial justice, and more. The Library’s River’s Mouth Blog also has a number of reading lists featuring diverse voices and topics.
To check out any of the recommended books, you will need a Poudre River Public Library card. You can apply for a card online at www.PoudreLibraries.org
See our theme posted around town at the below locations
- January 15th – January 19th
- Washington’s: 132 LaPorte Avenue
- The Armory: 314 East Mountain Avenue
- January 17th and January 18th (5pm-8pm only)
- CSU Campus Administration Building :900 Oval Drive
- January 17th – January 22nd
- CSU Canvas Stadium: 751 W Pitkin Street
In addition, you will find city banners throughout northern Fort Collins
University Housing is proud to partner in celebration of the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Residents in our communities are encouraged to engage with us by visiting their community main desk. Connecting with the MLK 2021 Celebration theme, residents can complete their pledge in moving their community closer to Dr. King’s Dream.
Individuals in our family communities will be able to engage with this pledge in their community newsletter. Our MLK Coloring Contest will be offered to our youngest residents, the children of our family communities.
CSUPD wants to invite you to participate in a self-paced virtual bike ride over the Dr. MLK weekend. This year, we celebrate Dr. MLK’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, where he registered as many black voters for the upcoming election. Dr. MLK marched 54 miles over five days. Feel free to ride to your ability for distances.
For more information visit our website
This ride is part of Colorado State University’s celebration of MLK Day and Black History Month. Sponsored by Colorado State University Police Department and Bike Ride for Black Lives.
In honor of Dr. MLK, CSUPD has created a page celebrating firsts for the black community within law enforcement. The list is not exhaustive but as part of the theme, where do we go from here, CSUPD is committed to growing the page as the years go. Please check out the page HERE
As part of the celebration, the City of Fort Collins is hosting a virtual “candlelight” vigil on the evening of January 18th. Neighbors across Fort Collins will set out luminaries near their homes and surrounding important locations in the Black History of Fort Collins. The solidarity demonstrated by the small lights along our sidewalks will honor the words of Dr. King.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
To request free luminary materials, please contact Neighborhood Services at NSPrograms@fcgov.com.
Record a dance to Beyonce’s “Freedom” and upload it to be shared on your social media. Use #FOCOMLK2021 so we can see the creative work you come up with!
You can take action to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day too! Take action for #MLKFOCO21. Record a statement or poem, singing a song, or dancing to a Tik Tok song like “Freedom” and upload it here to be shared publicly on the district social media.
In order to submit your video you will need to be logged in with your PSD credentials.
Copy/paste into your browser, shorturl.at/crsKO or use the QR code:
Did you know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters marched nearly 50 miles/5 days to Montgomery? Why did they march? The march took place as a peaceful protest for African American voting rights during a very segregated 1965 America, much like today. We challenge you to honor Dr. MLK Jr. by completing 50 miles (or 5 miles) or 50 hours (or 5 hours): riding your bike, swimming, walking, running, reading, meditating, or any other activity you see fit and consider “where do we go from here?”
*use the #FOCOMLK2021 as you share on social media and sign up to commit to your activity HERE
(All activities will be tracked and shared after the 22nd)
Friday, January 22 from 11am-12pm via Zoom
The Fort Collins community is invited to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King through a live show performed by More than Music. This event teaches individuals about the American Civil Rights movement and valuable lessons of equality and respect. Through music, poetry, historical video footage and Dr. King’s own words, At the Table challenges attendees to engage in creative acts of service and leadership in their communities. Front Range Community College students who participate will be entered to win a copy of Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? written by Dr. King. Spots are limited; registration is required.
Explore sites in Fort Collins that help tell the story of Black/African Americans in the city from the 1880s through the 1970s. Great for a virtual tour from home, or a socially-distanced walk, bike, or drive around Old Town Fort Collins.
or copy link: https://www.fcgov.com/historicpreservation/blackfortcollins
Larimer County United Way
-Tutor high school students
-Shovel snow for older adults
-Note taking during medical appointments
-Greet and support guests at the Murphy Center for Hope (The mission of the Murphy Center is to facilitate collaboration among independent agencies that offer an array of services for individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.)
Fort Collins Lions Club
-We are looking for volunteers to help with preschool vision screenings, pancake breakfasts, youth speech contests, eyeglass/hearing Aid collection, environmental projects, and Bingo events.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
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