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Colorado Springs community breakfast, dance performance among MLK Day events

January 12, 2018 Updated: January 15, 2018 at 6:21 am
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The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will perform on Monday at Armstrong Theatre at Colorado College. Courtesy Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.

Colorado College is holding a community breakfast, a march and musical and dance performances Monday to mark the birthday and civil rights legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago in April.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is held on the third Monday of January. Events begin with the annual All People's Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in Reid Arena in the college's El Pomar Sports Center. This year's theme is "Living the Legacy: A Call to Action," and attendees will have the opportunity to join other community members in round-table discussions about King's continuing impact and relevance.

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The breakfast will feature two art exhibits, a spoken word performance by Kevin C. Mitchell - a hip hop emcee, poet, activist, director of the Empowerment Solidarity Network ­- a selection of speakers talking on the theme of "Reflections on the Promised Land," and a dance performance by Colorado College senior Trevon Newmann.

Tickets for the breakfast are $7 and are available in Worner Center at Colorado College.

Following the breakfast, there will be a march from the college campus to Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs. Participants for the We are Legacy march should meet at the Earle flagpole on Worner Quad on Cascade Avenue at 10 a.m.

The day will end with a performance by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble at 7 p.m. with special guests the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. Colorado Springs Chapter choir.

Colorado College's celebration of King will continue Monday, Jan. 22 with a lecture by award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones as part of the college's First Mondays speaker series.

Hannah-Jones is an investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. She has written extensively about school re-segregation across the country and helped found the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which trains and mentors investigative reporters of color.

Her talk will be in the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre in Armstrong Hall at 12:15 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Contact the Worner Center Information Desk at 719-389-6607 for more information on the All People's Breakfast.

FORT CARSON EVENT

Fort Carson's observation of the holiday will follow the theme of "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!" which calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together and start the year off by making a positive impact in the community.

Darryl Glenn, president of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners, will speak to soldiers at the Elkhorn Conference Center during the ceremony at 2 p.m.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Those looking to spend time outside can head to Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, the ice rink in Acacia Park or the Valley Hi and Patty Jewett golf courses.

Skate in the Park at Acacia Park will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission prices will be $1 off all day.

Sertich Ice Center in Memorial Park will be open Sunday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with $5 admission and skate rental and Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with $2 admission and $2 skate rental.

Fountain Creek Nature Center will have a workday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King who asked, "What are you doing for others?"

Ten to 20 volunteers will help staff remove invasive elm trees from the nature center trails, then join around a campfire for s'mores. Volunteers must be able to use a handsaw.

Those wishing to participate, preregister by phone at (719) 520-6745 or online at https://www.peakradar.com/event/mlk-service-day/.

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