January 16, 2023

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Theme: Violence. Oppression. Isolation. Cannot. Endure.  (V.O.I.C.E.)

Please tag us on social media using #FOCOMLK2023

A special thank you to the committee members for their work on this year’s event!

There are multiple volunteer opportunities for the celebration and march that will be needed in several locations:

  • MLK Day of Service- Assemble care packages in the Lory Student Center from 8:00am – 10:00am 
  • MLK March- Help block street intersections along the march route starting at 10:00am – ~12:30pm
  • MLK Program & Keynote- Event assistance prior to the march at Washington Park and keynote in the LSC, both starting at 10:00am
  • MLK March- Trash collection following the march starting at Washington Park no later than 11:00am

For more information and to sign up, please go here.  

The City’s Neighborhood Services Department invites neighbors across Fort Collins to set battery-powered, tea light luminaries along sidewalks and driveways as an act of remembrance and solidarity with the work of Dr. King, past civil rights leaders, and those who continue to fight for social justice today.

These small lights throughout our city seek to honor the words of Dr. King when he said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

To request luminary materials for your home or business to participate in the vigil, please fill out the form at this link. Please note that supplies are limited.  https://www.fcgov.com/neighborhoodservices/neighborhood-news 

Anyone registered for materials can pick them up at 281 N. College Avenue lobby during the following hours (Materials will be bundled per one household [enough materials for three luminarias]. Please take the amount you indicated when you registered.):

  • Wednesday, January 11th from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 12th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Friday, January 13th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 14th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

more information to come 

This year, the march will feature a new route to commemorate Black families who put down roots in northern Fort Collins in the early 1900s.  The new route features a couple of historical black houses located on Meldrum Street.  From Washington Park, the march will head north to Cherry St, west to Meldrum, and south back to campus for approximately a ~1.3 miles march.  For more information on the historical houses, please check out Black/African American History in Fort Collins.  

March Start: 11:00 am at Washington Park (301 Maple Street) 

March End: ~12:45 pm at the Lory Student Center followed by our celebration event.

If you are driving to the start we suggest you park in the Civic City Garage which has free parking on this day. 

Other ways to participate: If you are unable to participate in the march, consider participating in spirit by decorating your business or residence.

  • Candlelight Vigil (more information above)
  • Yard signage and artwork.  Check out past photos here.  

This portion of the event will be live streamed. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE LIVESTREAM  

Following the march, we will gather in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom for our annual community celebration.

We anticipate this portion will begin around 12:45 following the march. 
Tentative schedule of event:
  • Welcomes from CSU President, Front Range Community College President, Poudre School District  Superintendent, and City of Fort Collins Mayor 
  • Entertainment
  • Keynote 
  • Closing 

Book Displays – each library will feature lobby displays of books by and about MLK and those inspired by his work in civil rights and social justice.

January 17th between 10am-4pm we will broadcast  MUSIC ONLY for you to enjoy.

Tune into KCSU online or 90.5FM 

Information about the Proclamation can be found HERE. This will take place on January 18, 2022

At the Table with Dr. King is a multifaceted, live performance that teaches students 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.


RSVP link: https://tinyurl.com/atthetable2022


Participants will be sent a Zoom link for the program 2 days prior to the event.

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

University Housing and the Black/African American Cultural Center are partnering to collect toiletry items for a Martin Luther King Jr. Service Event to donate to a local community organization. 

Items needed: Tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, body soap, shampoo, conditioner shaving supplies, pads/tampons 

Donations can be dropped off in the Lory Student Center to any of the below offices between November 3rd-January 7th: 

Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC)

Black/African American Cultural Center (B/AACC)

El Centro

Pride Resource Center

Native American Cultural Center (NACC)

Student Disability Center

Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC)

Thank You to Our Collaborators