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MLK Celebration Activities

Released on Friday, January 15, 2021
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  • Leonardo Escalante, Public Engagement Specialist,,

As part of the community wide MLK Day Celebration, the City of Fort Collins is collaborating with Colorado State University's Black/African American Cultural Center (BAACC), CSU Police Department, Poudre School District, Poudre River Public Library District, and New Eyes Village, among other organizations, to put together a series of activities to commemorate the day and honor the legacy of Dr. King. City-led activities taking place include the following:

  • Mayor’s MLK Proclamation
    • Link:
    • Tune in on Tuesday, January 19 at 5:45pm to watch the Mayor honor the legacy of MLK with a special proclamation.
  • City of Fort Collins – Local Black/African American History Website & Virtual Tour
    • Link:
    • Explore sites in Fort Collins that help tell the story of Black/African Americans in the city from the 1880s through the 1970s. Great for a virtual tour from home, or a socially distanced walk, bike, or drive around Old Town Fort Collins.
  • MLK Candlelight Vigil
    • Link: To request free luminary materials, please contact Neighborhood Services at
    • As part of the celebration, the City of Fort Collins is hosting a virtual “candlelight” vigil on the evening of January 18th. Neighbors across Fort Collins will set out luminaries near their homes and surrounding important locations in the Black History of Fort Collins. The solidarity demonstrated by the small lights along our sidewalks will honor the words of Dr. King. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

A full list of all community activities is published at A message from community leaders will be available on the site on the site starting at noon on the 18th.