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March For MLK, Jr. On Jan. 21

Join thousands of your closest friends to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday. This year’s MLK marade (parade/march) is Monday, Jan. 21. Participants gather at the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue and I Have A Dream Memorial in the southwest part of City Park, just west of Park Hill, beginning at 9 a.m. Speakers take the stage at 9:30 a.m. At about 10 a.m., participants begin marching down Colfax Avenue toward downtown.

The marade culminates at Civic Center Park with a rally commemorating the life of the slain civil rights leader. The total distance equals 5K. The marade is the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. march and rally in the United States. It is free and everyone is welcome.  For more, check out, and on Twitter at #ColoradoMLKMarade.


Park Hill Kids Marade on Jan. 22

Standing on the steps of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church on Jan. 26, 1964. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped outside to speak to the overflow crowd outside before addressing the congregation inside. Photo by Mel Schlieltz, Rocky Mountain News collection/Denver Public Library

For the third year, Park Hill elementary schools are following up the citywide Martin Luther King, Jr. marade with a neighborhood version. Kindergarten and first grade students from Park Hill, Stedman, Hallett, and Smith elementary schools will gather at Turtle Park at 23rd Avenue and Dexter Street and march several blocks to Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church. The student marade will be capped with a performance of the song “We Shall Overcome” on the front steps of the church, where the civil rights hero visited and delivered a sermon in 1964. More than 500 students are expected to participate this year.

Park Hill kindergartners and first graders gather on the steps of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church last year, 53 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. was there. Photo courtesy of Erika Neale

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