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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

Join the city of Aurora and community partners to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city's 38th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration in January 2024 is themed "Capturing the Dream."
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2024 Schedule of Events 

This schedule is subject to change, please check this page frequently for event updates. 

Friday, Jan. 5

Capturing the Dream - Youth Talent Showcase

Youth 6 to 19 in age to showcase their talents including singing, dancing, art, acting, poetry and more! Event partners: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Aurora Chapter and Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism (YAASPA).

  • 6 - 9 p.m. 

  • The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave

Monday, Jan. 8

Opening Celebration, Prayer Vigil and Proclamation Reading 

An opening celebration featuring dance, music and theatre to celebrate MLK Jr.’s legacy. Refreshments to be provided followed by an interfaith prayer vigil and the reading of the MLK commemoration proclamation.

  • 4:30 - 7 p.m.

  • Aurora Municipal Center Lobby, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

Wednesday, Jan. 10

The Local Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Discussion Panel

A brief lecture about Dr. King’s visits to the Denver area and discussion from a diverse group of Aurora residents reflecting on the legacy of the civil rights leader and how his vision has shaped our community. 

  • 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

  • Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway

  • RSVP by emailing [email protected]

Friday, Jan. 12

Interfaith Breakfast 

Special Guests: Poonam and Everett Moore, Poonam’s by Design and E-Class Transportation owners, and featured designers in HGTV’s Rico to the Rescue. Consider donating youth art supplies for entry. Event partners: Aurora Community of Faith (ACOF) and Aurora Mental Health & Recovery. 

  • 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

  • Quebec Place Event Center, 430 S. Quebec St. Denver, CO 80247

  • RSVP by emailing [email protected]

Building Trust Summit 

A summit that aims to develop trust and connection as a foundation for future public safety, law enforcement and community collaboration. This event is hosted by the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance and facilitated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Community Relations Services (CRS). 

Community College of Aurora Virtual Student Film Fest

Event features films from Community College of Aurora students

Saturday, Jan. 13

Wreath-laying Ceremony

City officials and community members will attend

  • 11 a.m. - noon 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.

Community Service Project

Help assemble and sort hygiene kits and care items for Aurora Public Schools students/families in need.
Event partner: Iron Sharp Community Foundation. 

Sunday, Jan. 14

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Service 

Event hosted by Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance

  • 4 p.m. 

  • Rising Star Missionary Baptists Church, 1500 S. Dayton St. 

  • View event flyer

Monday, Jan. 15

2024 MLK Marade

Event hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission

MLK Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Community College of Aurora MLK Jr. Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

  • Community College of Aurora Rotunda, 16000 E. Centretech Parkway 

  • For questions, email [email protected]

Donate to Spirit of Aurora

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and legacy, consider making a donation to one of the many organizations and causes through the Spirit of Aurora website,

Spirit of Aurora is a resident-founded, longtime nonprofit that funds various city and local community programs.

Thank you, partners 

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Aurora Chapter (NAACP) 

  • Iron Sharp Community Foundation 

  • Aurora Community of Faith (ACOF)

  • Aurora Human Relations Commission 

  • Aurora Mental Health & Recovery 

  • Aurora Library and Cultural Services

  • Racial equity and Aurora's Critical Topics (ReACT)

And a special thanks to the Aurora MLK Commemoration Steering Committee  

Past Commemorations

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