Commemorating the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Aurora

Government and Politics

January 8, 2013

This year marks the 27th Annual Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Aurora and many events are schedule throughout the week of Jan. 14 through Jan. 21. Join Aurora as we celebrate the life and legacy of one man’s dream of freedom and equality for all. This year’s theme is “Injustice is Still a Threat.” For information, contact the Aurora Community Relations Division, 303-739-7580. The following is a list of events:


Kickoff Festivities & Press Conference: 11 a.m., Mayor Steve Hogan kicks off a week of celebration at the Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave. On display, MLK Jr. Panels from the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library.


Humanitarian Awards and Colorado Symphony Performance: 7 p.m., Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. Denver. Mayor Steve Hogan will be among the speakers.


Live Telecast on Contemporary Issues: 7 to 9 p.m., on Aurora Channel 8.


Aurora Community of Faith Breakfast: 8 a.m., Aurora Municipal Center, City Café, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. Tickets $15, RSVP to 303-870-6055

The MLK Peace Awards & Breakfast: 8 a.m., Tivoli Turn Hall, Auraria Campus, Denver. Info: 303-556-3947.

Social Responsibility Awards: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., City Center Marriott, 17th St. & California, Denver. Aurora Police: Multicultural Awareness: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Barbershop Talk: 6 to 8 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave. A dialog on the topic, “Dream Versus Reality.”                                                                                                                


“The Dream” 5K Run/Walk: 10 a.m., Denver City Park, entry fee $25. Info: 303-257-3868
Marade: Marshall Training: 11 a.m., Denver Wastewater Management Bldg., 2000 W. 3rd Ave. Info: 720-971-1329

MLK, Jr. Holiday Commission Scholarship Program & Marade Award Dinner: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.


Aurora Community Embracing Non-Violence: 2 p.m., Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. Speakers on this year’s theme, “Injustice is still a threat.”


Aurora Motorcade for Marade: 8 a.m., Participants gather at the east side of Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, travel to Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., for ceremony, laying of the wreath. At 10 a.m., Travel to Denver City Park. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan lays a wreath at the “I Have a Dream” monument.

Marade from Denver City Park: 11 a.m., Marade begins in the park and travels to the Denver Civic Center.

MLK Jr. African American Heritage “Rodeo of Champions:” 6 p.m., National Western Stock Show, Denver. Tickets 303-373-1246. Group Tickets: 303-796-0132