Everyone is welcome to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, “Remembering His Life, Renewing His Legacy,” on Monday, Jan. 20. A reception and conversations about Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy will be held 3–4 p.m., followed by a community celebration from 4 to 5 p.m. The event will be held in the University Memorial Center Glenn Miller Ballroom. No-charge parking is available on campus on Jan. 20.
The free event is open to all ages and is sponsored by CU Boulder’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE); St. Aidan's Episcopal Church; the Lutheran Campus Ministry and CU Boulder Hillel.
Alphonse Keasley, associate vice chancellor at ODECE, said King's life and legacy will be celebrated at the event, and he really hopes to engage with the younger generations.
“I don't know that young people are aware of Dr. King’s significance. His life and message to the country and world continue to reverberate in the hearts and minds of people. His legacy of looking at the morality of our society and the de-humanization of a people still has relevance today, and that is the message we want to share and learn about,” Keasley said.
The event’s featured speaker is Boulder City Council Rep. Junie Joseph.
Joseph is an engaged human and civil rights professional who has worked in South Africa to support various non-government agencies with their transitional justice issues. Before coming to Boulder to study law, Joseph was a human rights officer serving internally displaced persons. Ready to address complicated matters such as affordable housing and transportation, Joseph focuses her efforts on socio-economic diversity and political inclusion.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in political science and is a CU Boulder JD candidate.