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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

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The city of Aurora's 36th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration in January 2022 is themed "Realizing the Dream."
All in-person events take place in Aurora and are free unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.  Information on how to join the virtual events will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

Questions? Email [email protected] or call 303.739.7699

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Schedule of Events

*All in-person events take place in Aurora and are free unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change. Email [email protected] or call 303.739.7699 with questions.

Sunday, Jan. 9

Interfaith Service – 4 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Pastor Marlon Saunders  
Featuring Tarell Martin & C2 Mass Choir
Heritage Christian Center | 14401 E. Exposition Ave.

Monday, Jan. 10

  • Opening Ceremony – 10 a.m.
    Hosted by the city of Aurora - Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Virtual Event
    Streamed at AuroraTV.org 
  • Prayer Vigil – 5:30 p.m.
    Hosted by Aurora Community of Faith (ACOF) | Virtual Event
    Streamed on ACOF's Facebook page
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Proclamation Reading – 6:30 p.m.
    Read by Mayor Mike Coffman | City Council Meeting - The public can watch the meeting at AuroraTV.org or Comcast Channels 8/880 in Aurora. Those without access to those platforms can call 855.695.3475 to listen to audio only.

Monday, Jan. 10 – Saturday, Jan. 15

Week of Service
City of Aurora staff, community partners and residents are encouraged to serve nonprofits through volunteerism and giving. 
Hosted by the city of Aurora - Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Human Resources Department  
See list of volunteer opportunities


Tuesday, Jan. 11

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, a staged reading - 7 p.m.
Aurora Fox Arts Center | 9900 E. Colfax Ave.
Featuring Cajardo Lindsay as Martin Luther King Jr. and Betty Hart as Camae
Limited seating is available. Free tickets will be available at AuroraFoxArtsCenter.org



Thursday, Jan. 13

At the Table with Dr. King – 6 p.m. 
A multifaceted performance about the American civil rights movement through music, poetry and historical video footage.
Hosted by Mizel Institute
Register for this virtual event

Friday, Jan. 14

Aurora Community of Faith Prayer Breakfast – 9 a.m.
Virtual Event
Keynote Speaker: Mordecai Ian Brownlee, Ph.D., President, Community College of Aurora
Hosted by Aurora Mental Health Center & Aurora Community of Faith 
View a recording of the Prayer Breakfast


Saturday, Jan. 15

MLK Jr. Youth Summit – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Empower Community High School | 450 S. Chambers Road
Hosted by NAACP Aurora & YAASPA
Click here to register

Monday, Jan. 17

  • Motorcade – 7 a.m.
    Event begins at the Aurora Municipal Center | 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.
    Escort provided by Aurora Police Department
    Vehicle RSVP is required; capacity is limited (RSVP to [email protected])
    Sponsored by ReACT

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony – 8 a.m.
    MLK Jr. Library | 9898 E. Colfax Avenue
  • MLK Jr. Rodeo – 6 p.m.
    National Western Stock Show
    Denver Coliseum | 4655 Humboldt St. Denver
    Purchase tickets at the National Western Stock Show website
    Sponsored by the city of Aurora - Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Human Relations Commission 

Monday, Jan. 24

Community College of Aurora Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The event will entail:

  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Terri Richardson MD & India Bonner
  • CCA Spirit of King Awards
  • City of Aurora Everyday Hero Awards
  • Student Performance
  • CCA MLK JR. Scholarship Awards

Join the event on Zoom


2022 Commemoration Partners: 

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