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MLK Celebration 2022

Monday, January 17, 2022

There will not be a virtual or in-person march. Please see below for details on this year’s celebration.

Message On MLK Celebration

With current conditions in mind, and to maintain and further the tradition of the MLK Jr March and Reception in the city of Greeley, this year’s events will be virtual and asynchronous. Current COVID transmission rates, specifically the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, have caused us to reconceptualize what a day of service toward Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy would and could look like. We hope and encourage you to consider MLK Jr Day to be a day “on” instead of a day “off” and that even though we will not be gathering in person together, you will find myriad opportunities, resources and support for how you can create your own plan of action and support within your community(ies).

With the hope of inspiring action, we have created a series entitled “Read/Watch/Listen/Do” that include local service opportunities; articles and books about MLK’s work and legacy; and podcasts, shows and movies/documentaries that center the work towards civil rights and the necessity of understanding our history and progress. As part of the kit, we have created Take and Make kits that can be picked up at various locations in Greeley to put your creative energy and passion into physical form in a way that is both meaningful and visible. Finally, we have worked to create opportunities to make meaning beyond MLK Jr Day, and tie into Black Heritage Month, that extend the narrative around Dr. King’s work and the relevance of that work, even into our present time. We hope that you take this time to reflect upon your own positionality, identify your own opportunities for action, and creatively engage in the active imagining of a more equitable and justice-centered community.


A collection of local service opportunities; articles and books on MLK’s work and legacy; podcasts, shows and movies/documentaries; and a Take and Make Kit.

UNC MLK Day 2022 Message

UNC President, Dr. Andy Feinstein
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Tobiás Guzman
Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Cedric Howard 

Lift Every Voice and Sing (Black National Anthem)

Performed by Courtney Caston

Were You There (arranged by H.T. Burleigh)

Performed by Courtney Caston

"Pase lo que pase"

Performed by Azanet Rodriguez

It’s Our History — MLK 2022

UNC's Operation Cheesecake Student Organization

Commemorative Events

Pop-Up Story
Time Vehicle

Thursday, January 13

  • Locations and Times:
    • 10:30–11 a.m. Lincoln Park
    • 11:30 a.m.–Noon Hoshiko Park
    • 12:10–12:40 p.m. Delta Park
    • 1:30–2 p.m. Bittersweet Park
    • 2:30–3 p.m. Sanborn Park

We will offer hot chocolate and water bottles at these interactive, in-person 30-minute storytimes. Weather permitting; as long as it does not drop below 35 degrees and the sun is out. Such conditions are needed to host these services outside.

Virtual Webinar

with author, Nikole Hannah-Jones

Friday, January 21 at 11 a.m. MST

A conversation about the importance of truth, history and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Virtual Webinar Registration

Virtual Book Club

"The 1619 Project" A New Origin Story

Tuesday, February 22 at 6 p.m. MST

Free copy of the book with registration! Details for book pick up will be shared with participants upon registration.

Email mgcc@unco.edu to register.

Book Club Sign Up for Aims Students

T-shirt Registration and Pick Up

Registration open until Monday, January 31, 2022

The Eventbrite listing is solely for reserving your t-shirt for the event.

Order your MLK March 2022 T-shirt!

MLK March 2022 shirt

Upon completing registration for a shirt, you will receive a confirmation email sharing a survey link where you can:

  1. Specify your desired t-shirt size(s)
  2. Choose your desired t-shirt pick up location

We cannot offer refunds for this event. Please be aware that there will not be refunds provided in any circumstance.

Pick Up Locations

  • University of Northern Colorado - Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
    • 1/11-1/14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Aims Community College - Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Commons 102
    • 1/12-1/14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • High Plains Library District
    1. Pop-Up Vehicle 1/13 from 4-6 p.m. at Sanborn Park
    2. Centennial Park Library 1/15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Front Desk

All local and federal COVID regulations will be followed. MASKS ARE MANDATORY.

Watch the Virtual MLK Celebration from January 2021