Greeley's 17th annual celebration Jan. 16 of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. will include the traditional march from the Greeley Chamber of Commerce to the Union Colony Civic Center and a keynote speaker known nationally for his insightful commentary on race issues.
Recognized as a leading expert on issues of race, the one-name African-American has provided commentary on cultural issues and current events for such programs as The Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper 360 and Nightline, and serves as a correspondent for NBC.
A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, his writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Tennis Magazine and The Best American Essays, among other publications.
Touré is the author of 2011's Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness, which takes a bold look at what it means to be black in the 21st century and how blackness has changed over the decades.
He also wrote the novel Soul City and the story collection The Portable Promised Land.
Touré's address, "How Racism Functions Today and Ways to Deal with It to Get Success," outlines several concrete things that can be done to combat racism, based on his interviews with psychologists and sociologists. He also explains that racism is not truly a comment on a person or their ability, but on the person who is being racist.
The morning also will include the presentation of the second annual Dream Big, Spread Hope, Inspire Others Community Award to Maria Sanchez, director of the University of Northern Colorado's Realizing Our Community program, in recognition of her outstanding work and tireless service in the community.
Everyone attending the MLK celebration, which is co-sponsored by UNC and the city of Greeley's Human Relations Commission, is encouraged to bring at least one canned food donation to benefit the Weld Food Bank.
For more information, contact commission chair Tobias Guzmán at 351-1944.
UNC's administrative offices will be closed and classes will not be held on Monday. The University Center will be open its normal hours as will be the Computer Commons in the center.
Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and Holmes Dining Hall will serve brunch and dinner instead of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Residence halls will operate normally.
To contact specific university departments for information about schedules and services available on MLK Day, visit http://www.unco.edu/contact.shtml.