Dr Martin Luther King Jr Celebrations

People holding up a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they attend the Marade

On Monday, January 18, 2021, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission will mark the 36th anniversary of Colorado honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual Marade (a word combination of march and parade), this year will be a little different as the Marade will be virtual.

The civil rights icon’s legacy is commemorated in the heart of Denver every third Monday in January with what has grown to be one of the largest MLK Day celebrations in the U.S. (surpassing even Washington, D.C., and Atlanta most years).

MLK celebratory events begin as early as January 12, 2021, and here are the opportunities to engage, celebrate, and volunteer for 2021.

  • January 12, 2021 – 2021 Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert and Humanitarian Awards. Humanitarians recipients have come from all walks of life, but each has been driven, as Dr. King was, by the desire to help and make the world a better place.
    7:30 pm – A virtual Event on YouTube, due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • January 15, 2021 – 36th Annual Martin Luther King Business Awards luncheon. This year’s luncheon will be virtual. The 2021 award recipients are:  Asian Avenue Magazine, Marsha Brown, Demesha Hill, Clara Ladd, Morris Price Jr and The Other Side Academy. Contact info@mlkbusinessawards.org for more information, or click here to register.
  • January 18, 2021 – Martin Luther King Jr Marade. This year’s Marade will be a 24-hour virtual event. To observe this historic holiday and to honor the life of Dr King, participants will be encouraged to volunteer in the community, perform other acts of community outreach and service and upload them to the organization’s site for streaming. Celebrations from around the state and country will also be uploaded and streamed.


Join The MLK Commission volunteer team

The Dr. Martin Luther King Colorado Holiday Commission (MLK) invites you to become a part of an awesome team where people are dedicated to preserving history while continuing to forge a path to a promising, brighter future. The MLK commission is supported by community volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to the organization, in addition to lending their helping hands, there will be collections for the Food Bank, Hygiene Drive, and Clothing Accessories at both City and Civic Park. Flexible schedules are available for volunteers to allow for many ways to get involved. For more information, please visit the website here +

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