(Excerpted from the Aurora Sentinel newspaper)


Since 1986, city officials have organized a bevy of events throughout the weeks surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Jan. 15. And this year — the city’s 31st annual MLK Day celebration —  is no different.




Candlelight Vigil and Proclamation


6 p.m., Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Free.


Charles Gilford III, president of Denver Urban League Young Professionals, will make opening remarks at this multi-faith service. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan will continue the event with the reading of a city proclamation at the 7:30 p.m. council meeting. Both events are free and open to the public.




“A Conversation on Race”


2 p.m., Jan. 11, Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. City Council Chambers.


The event is free, but an RSVP is required. A second lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at The Forum Fine Arts Building CCA Campus, 16000 E. Centretech Parkway. The Forum in the Fine Arts Building. An RSVP is required.


It may be a tough subject, but nearly everyone has something to say — and learn — about the topic of race in America. Attendees will be able to do both at a pair of upcoming lectures led by Katheryn Russell-Brown, a law professor and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida.




“Empowerment” Youth Forums


9 and 11 a.m., Aurora Municipal Center, City Council Chambers


Topical discussions catered to Cherry Creek School District and Aurora Public Schools students.


AuroraTV Forums


6 p.m., Comcast Channel 8 and


A discussion on voter rights, the First Amendment, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and immigrants and refugees, will be broadcast on Aurora Channel 8, the city-sponsored news channel.




6 p.m., Aurora Municipal Center, City Council Chambers


The Mizel Museum’s Miryam Brand Holocaust Film Project will present the films “Surviving Skokie” and “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.” Both films will be shown free of charge, but an RSVP is required.




Aurora Community of Faith Breakfast


8 a.m., Aurora Municipal Center, Lobby


City and community leaders will discuss how to improve the relationship between police and city residents over breakfast. The event is free, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Call the city’s community relations division at 303-739-7580 or Pastor Reid Hettich at 303-870-6055 for more information.




Aurora Celebrates More Love & Kindness


5 p.m., Heritage Event Center, 14401 E. Exposition Ave.


The event will feature performances by local choirs, soloists and cultural groups. No RSVP is required.




Interfaith Service


4 p.m., New Nation Church, 2001 Jamaica St.


Join partitioners for a special interfaith service Sunday night. For more information, call 303-360-9728.




Motorcade, Wreath-laying and Marade


7:30 a.m., Aurora Municipal Center


Attendees should meet at the Aurora Municipal Center at 7:30 a.m. Participants will then caravan to Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., for a wreath-laying at Aurora’s statue of Martin Luther King Jr. at 8:30 a.m. Participants will then caravan to the state Marade at Denver City Park. No RSVP is required.


African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions


6 p.m., Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver, National Western Stock Show

Tickets are required and can be purchased at Prices range from $19 to $40. Call 303-373-1246 for more information.


The MLK Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo is returning to the event for the 10th time this year, featuring the Frontier Airlines Mutton Bustin’ and the Westernaires. There will also be a special tribute to Lu Vason, founder of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo.




MLK Dedication Luncheon


12 – 1:30 p.m., Community College of Aurora, Centretech Rotunda.

Join campus and community partners for a discussion and reflection on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. over lunch at the Community College of Aurora. An RSVP is required.