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How Coloradans are honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2022
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DENVER — Jan. 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day we honor and remember a man who dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice and peace for Black Americans. This year, celebrations will look different than in years past. In addition to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Martin Luther King's family members have called for "no celebration" of MLK day until the Biden administration passes legislation securing voting rights.

[Related:Democrats make push for voting rights legislation in Congress]

Martin Luther King III took to Twitter Dec. 2021 to call for "no celebration without legislation."

However, individuals and organizations have planned events to celebrate MLK day, including many in Colorado. If you're looking to commemorate the holiday, here's a list of events happening in the Denver area:

Realizing the Dream
January 9 – 17
City of Aurora 36th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration 2022

2022 MLK Peace Breakfast: Overcoming the Pandemic of Racism
Friday, January 14 at 9 a.m.
This breakfast was created to celebrate the life and philosophy of Dr. King and includes a program and awards ceremony. It will take place at Metro State's Tivoli Student Union (900 Auraria Parkway, Room 250).

Martin Luther King Marade (March & Parade)
Monday, January 17 at 9 a.m.
City Park & Civic Center Park, Denver
Marchers and parade fans typically congregate at the Dr. King memorial site in City Park at 9 a.m. The marade begins at 10 a.m. with participants marching together to Civic Center Park. This year’s event may be virtual. Here is a map for the event.

No One Should Be Hungry: Free Dinner Giveaway & Resource Fair
Monday, January 17 from 2 to 5 p.m.
9898 E Colfax Ave, Aurora
To have free meals delivered, picked up, or to volunteer, click here or call 303-297-0823.

In partnership and collaboration with the community, the brother jeff Cultural Center is providing FREE meals on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17, 2022. If a meal would help you and yours, please fill out the form below. Meals will be ready starting at 2:30 p.m. and will be served and delivered until 4 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – The Security of Justice
Monday, January 17 at 4 p.m.
Newman Center/June Swaner Gates Concert Hall
The University of Denver’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration creates a community-wide understanding and celebration of the historical struggle, accomplishments, and efforts of social movements sparked by various injustices in the world. The keynote speaker is Rep. Leslie Herod, with spoken word by JC Futrell, and music by Denver-based singer Such.

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