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Old 01-20-2009, 11:03 PM
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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On Monday, January 20, 1986, in cities and towns across the country people celebrated the first official Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American. The year before, Mrs. Wilma Webb, wife of Wellington Webb Denver’s first black Mayor, announced that Denver would have the first ever Marade a word created by merging the words March & Parade. This year marked the 24th annual MLK Marade which started at the ‘I Have a Dream Memorial’ in City Park.

The new monument, was created by local artist Ed Dwight, and feature a bronze MLK statue on a three-layer pedestal supported by bronze representations of Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass and Gandhi. The 5K march goes down Colfax Avenue and ended downtown at Civic Center Park. Denver’s march is the second largest in the country, Atlanta’s is typically the largest.

I have entered photos of some of the structures from my walk through Capitol Hill and along the marade route.

City Park is quiet one hour before:

The neighborhood around City Park is slowly changing with new development, most is low rise, but these midsize condos were just finished in late 2008. You can see the old in the front of the pic.

The diversity was grand, love this American Indian’s hat:

Cleo of the Cleo Parker Robinson dance studio:

Many war veterans were in attendance:


Part of the monument in City Park reflects back on the past:

Buffalo Soldiers:

Since our governor and mayor are in D.C. for the inauguration, other city dignitaries lock arms and lead the marade:


East High School in the background, circa 1930, modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia:


Denver Police were trying to recruit new members to the police force with their new corvettes and pimped out squad cars. This one had a huge booming system and hydraulics aiding it to jump a few feet off the ground. Not sure if practical but attention getters:

Temps have been in the 70s, warm in Denver for January:

This little fella was being interviewed by a local TV station and was explaining his sign incredibly well. I caught his comments and when the interviewer asked him if there was anything he wanted to add, he said, “I still don’t understand why Mr. King was killed.”

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Detroit, MI June 23, 1963

Hope you enjoyed!

Denver Aztec

A few other items worth mentioning as part of this weeks celebrations:

The Dream Concert will feature opera singer Denyce Graves and the 70-voice multi-ethnic Spirituals Project choir on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Center. I think tickets are $20.00 but check first.

Also, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra will also be performing Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Hall at the Newman Center for Performing Arts. The concert, A Tribute to Black Pioneers in Music Performance, will feature Metropolitan Opera stars Leona Mitchell and George Shirley. The program's finale will feature the world premiere of two pieces by African-American composer Ozie Cargile II, one of which is inspired by Obama and named after his book, "The Audacity of Hope."

The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up in advance at the Newman Center Box Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or after 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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Old 01-20-2009, 11:11 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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Excellent photos and photo essay to accompany it, DenverAztec. At first I thought you had a typo... didn't realize it's actually called a "M"arade. I've never experienced that before, it looks like something that would be good to do in the future. Thanks for sharing the event with us! Unfortunately I'm locked out of giving more reps at the moment... but I owe you one (three technically).
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:31 AM
Location: The 719
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Very nice photo thread, Denver! The best one I've seen yet.

That thread deserves you like 3 credit hours at Metro State College in Social/Behavioral.

I've never worked a job where I got MLK day off, but I did take time helping my mom get her computer set up yesterday to watch the Inauguration... I caught it just in time to watch the Oath and Speech.

So two days in a row, two historical events... linked between one man and another.

Hmmm... Denver was lookin' good, wasn't it? 70 degree weather in Denver on Monday and Washington DC faught bitter cold temps with windchill yesterday. No matter. A lot of people were in DC yesterday!

MLK and JFK had both been assassinated a few years before I was born. That's a long time to see retribution for something like that. How did MLK put it? "Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only Light can do that."
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:50 AM
Location: CO
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Gorgeous pictures!

We can link to this thread when posters ask about diversity in Denver, when we're trying to describe what the weather's like, when describing the area between City Park and Civic Center, etc.

Thanks for posting this.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:48 AM
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Great pictures! You really captured the event, the people, and surrounding architecture. When our boys are a bit older, we'll have to take them to the parade.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:00 PM
Location: Denver
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Oh, I loved seeing the pictures of the veterans and the Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers are awesome if you ever get to see them do a presentation! They can go to schools/libraries and talk about the life of a Buffalo Soldier.....

Thanks for sharing these, they are wonderful.

If anyone didn't know, there is a MLK, Jr. Library on Colfax in Aurora. It's a beautiful newer structure...
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:16 AM
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,

This post brought tears to my eyes; memories to my mind; inspired my soul. I remember when Dr. King was killed; the crying; the rage; the riots; the fear; and eventually, slowly, the strong resolve to change, and we have...

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Old 01-22-2009, 10:39 PM
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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This is why I love Denver and Colorado, Diverse Architecture and Diverse people that come together for a common good. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 01-23-2009, 02:45 PM
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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Thank you all for the picture compliments and the added personal comments! We do live in a wonderful city, no matter the event, the time of year or the weather. Being at the event, it was an incredible feeling to be around tens of thousands of Denverites filled with happy emotions. Remembering an incredible man while welcoming in another. Fantastic day in an excellent city!
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:55 AM
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Very nice Aztec!!!
It also shows some newcomers how there can be a little left-over snow (by the police car) and still, people are in short sleeve t-shirts and capris, etc. It's so sunny and wonderful...perfect day for the Marade!!
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