At age 26, Martin Luther King Jr. launched the campaign in Montgomery, Ala., to secure the equal rights of African-Americans to use public transportation. At 35, he traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, to accept the Nobel peace prize. The first person in the Western world to demonstrate that social struggle is possible without violence, King is also responsible for continuing Gandhi's ideology of peaceful resistance against unjust nation-states and colonialism.
Colorado Springs honors the civil rights hero this week with two events commemorating King's birth and his work. The celebration begins Saturday, Jan. 15, at the first Congregational Church, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival and Community Fair. The gathering will include informative exhibits, community dialogue and the showing of the films Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man and the Dream and the award-winning PBS biography Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream.
Remembrance continues on Sunday evening with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service of Celebration. The evening begins at 5 p.m. at the downtown YMCA with candle lighting, then at 5:30 proceeds on foot from Acacia Park to Shove Chapel. Dr. Joyce Carter, the first African-American chief medical examiner of the United States and author of My Strength Comes From Within and I Speak for the Dead, will speak at the event.
Colorado's celebration of MLK Day continues Monday, Jan. 17, in Denver with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March. Billed as the largest MLK march in the United States, the event draws upwards of 30,000 participants.
-- Aaron Menza
capsule Martin Luther King Jr. Events, Colorado Springs:
Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival and Community Fair
Saturday, Jan. 15, 6-8:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 20 E. Saint Vrain
For more information, call 632-6189
Martin Luther King Jr. Service Celebration
Sunday, Jan. 16, begins at 5:30 (show up before for candle lighting)
Begins at the YMCA/USO, 207 N. Nevada Ave.
Service at Shove Chapel at 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally and March
Monday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.
Denver City Park at the Martin Luther King Memorial
Call Denver Parks and Recreation Department, 303/331-4113