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DU students to mark MLK holiday

DU students, faculty and staff will participate in several events to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 17.

DU’s Black Student Alliance is coordinating group participation in Denver’s annual Marade — a combination march and parade — from City Park to Civic Center Park. The annual event — now in its 26th year — is one of the nation’s largest MLK day celebrations.

The DU contingent will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 17 in front of the “E” at Denver’s East High School, located at 1600 City Park Esplanade. Those who would like to participate should contact Black Student Alliance President Paige Clarke at

On campus, the office of the University Chaplain will host a “Dreaming on The Bridge” activity. Chaplain Gary Brower will host a table on the Driscoll Bridge with coloring-book-style sheets featuring a figure with a “dream bubble.”

Students will be invited to color the pages and add their dreams for social justice either in words or drawing. The drawings will be suspended from a cord in the window of the bridge for all to see. 

The coloring sheets will be available from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Jan. 18; 2–4 p.m. Jan. 19; 1–3 p.m. Jan. 20; and 9:30­–11:30 a.m. Jan. 21. 

The University will close Jan. 17 in observance of the holiday, which celebrates the slain civil rights leader’s birthday the third Monday of every January. The day was made a Colorado state holiday in 1985. 

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