A number of local events to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held today in Northern Colorado and across the state:

GREELEY

The city of Greeley’s celebration will begin today with a ceremonial march from the Greeley Chamber of Commerce to the Union Colony Civic Center. The four-block march will begin at 11 a.m.  and will end with former U.S. gymnast Dominique Dawes delivering the keynote speech.

FORT COLLINS

The theme of this year’s Fort Collins celebration is “Educating the Heart and Mind.” The community is invited to a 9:30 a.m. poetry and essay reading at the CSU Bookstore in the Lory Student Center on campus. A one-mile community march,  starts at 11 a.m.,  in Old Town Square,  and end at CSU’s Lory Student Center. The march will conclude with an address by guest speaker Irene Vernon, CSU department chair of Ethnic Studies, at 11:45 a.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

LOVELAND

Loveland’s 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Thompson Valley High School, 1669 Eagle Drive. Attendees are encouraged to come at 6:45 p.m. to view an introduction slide show about Dr. King.

DENVER

The 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Marade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. today at the "I Have a Dream" monument in City Park and will end after a 5k march to the Civic Center. Organizers say the marade will end with a short program and the cutting of a birthday cake for Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this years marade is "still striding towards freedom."

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