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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 
  • 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 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

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: 

 partner logo - Stride     logo of Aurora Police Department  logo of aurora mental healthlogo of NAACP

 logo of yaaspa    logo of classic violet  logo of ReActlogo

To learn more about the 36th Annual MLK Celebration, or to become an event partner, contact [email protected].

Highlights from 2021 Commemoration

Image of MLK Jr with his hand up in front of a crowd on the National Mall

Opening Ceremony

Letter from Birmingham Jail - A Closer Look


Highlights from 2018 Commemoration (click to expand)

TV Forum - LGBTQ Rights

TV Forum - Community of Faith

TV Forum - Sisterhood

TV Forum - NAACP

Aurora News Weekly Coverage

MLK 2018 program cover

32nd Annual Commemoration Program


Highlights from 2017 Commemoration (click to expand)

Opening Ceremony Performance

More Love and Kindness Event

TV Forum - Voters' Rights

TV Forum - Freedom of Speech

TV Forum - Adopting Nonviolence

TV Forum - Immigrants & Refugees

AuroraTV - MLK Commemoration Coverage

AuroraTV - Opening Ceremony Coverage

MLK 2017 program cover

31st Annual Commemoration Program


Highlights from 2016 Commemoration (click to expand)

MLK 2016 AuroraTV interview
AuroraTV interview with Dr. Barbara Shannon-Banister
Poet Laureate Jovan Mays at MLK Commemoration
Poet Laureate Jovan Mays at 2016 Opening Ceremony
MLK 2016 program cover
30th Annual Commemoration Program
2016 MLK - At the Table
At the Table dramatic production
2016 MLK - Forums
Community Relations Division AuroraTV Forums
2016 MLK - Aurora News Weekly
2016 Commemoration coverage on Aurora News Weekly
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