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Week-long programming to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

The University of Denver’s students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to participate in several events scheduled through Jan. 15 to honor the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. 

The University will commemorate the civil rights movement and King’s life through “History, Education, Action: Care-ing the Dream,” a series of public talks, panel discussions, films and activities. 

“The events are intended to bring action and thought-provoking discussion to issues of diversity at DU,” says Tony Daniels, associate athletics director for diversity and community relations. 

This year, according to the King Center, more than 100 nations are commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., who inspired liberation movements around the globe. 

Jan. 8: Special guest speaker: Nevil Shed
7 p.m., Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 E. Iliff Ave.  
Shed will share his experiences as part of the 1966 Texas Western Miners, the first all-black team to win a NCAA basketball championship. Shed will speak about the film Glory Road (2006), which highlights the plight of African-American players during the 1960s at the height of the civil rights movement and the game that initiated the desegregation of college basketball across the country.

Jan. 9: Continuing research for “The Dream”: Sharing Social Justice Research
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Driscoll Gallery, Driscoll Center North
2055 E. Evans Ave. 

Jan. 9: Panel Discussion: “Care-ing” the Dream from a Legal and Social Justice Perspective, led by Sturm College of Law Dean Beto Juarez
Noon–1 p.m., Ricketson Law Building Forum
2255 E. Evans Ave.

Jan. 12: Panel Discussion and Luncheon
11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m., Driscoll Ballroom, Driscoll Center South
2050 E. Evans Ave. 

Jan. 15: Marade
Denver’s Marade (march and parade) is one of the largest U.S. celebrations of King’s life and his enduring legacy of nonviolent action for social change. The event, which brings together a broad cross-section of the community, begins with a series of speeches in City Park. Afterward, participants will proceed down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park. Participants will begin gathering at City Park at 8:30 a.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required for the Jan. 12 panel discussion and luncheon. To RSVP, contact Tracey Peters at

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