Our History

DENVER & COLORADO'S CELEBRATION

THE MAKING OF THE HOLIDAY

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.

A ceremony, which took place at an old railroad depot in Atlanta Georgia, was especially emotional. Hundreds had gathered to sing and to march.

Many were the same people who, in 1965, had marched for fifty miles between two cities in the state of Alabama to protest segregation and discrimination of black Americans.

All through the 1980's, controversy surrounded the idea of a King Day. Congressional representatives and citizens had petitioned the President to make January 15, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, a federal holiday. Others wanted to make the holiday on the day he died, while some people did not want to have any holiday at all.

January 15 had been observed as a public holiday for many years in 27 states and Washington, D.C. Finally, in 1986, President Ronald Reagan declared the third Monday in January a federal legal holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King' Jr's birthday.

DENVER & COLORADO'S CELEBRATION

On April 4, 1985 Colorado's Governor Dick Lamm signed the legislation into law making the birth date of Dr. a Colorado holiday.

At this time, Mrs. Webb announced that we would have the first ever Marade a word created by merging the words March &. Parade

Friday, January 17, 1986 we hosted the first Business Social Responsibility Luncheon
Sunday, January 19, Interfaith Services

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House Resolution NO. 1031

By Representatives Kirsent, Herzog, Kopel, Tanner, Webb, Groff, T. Hernandez, Neale and Reeser: also Senators Donley, Arnold, Baca, Bishop, Ezzard, Fowler, Gallagher, Glass, Groff, Martinez, Mendez, F. Powers, Sandoval, Strickland, Wells, Beno, Calihan, Fenion and Peterson.

Whereas, January 20, 1986, marks the first observance of the federal legal holiday, established by Public Law No. 98-144, to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and

Whereas, January 20, 1986, marks the commemoration and observance of the State of Colorado's legal holiday, established by House Bill No. 1201 in the 1984 session to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and

Whereas, This holiday should serve as a time for Americans to reflect upon the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and

Whereas, It is appropriate for the Colorado General Assembly to coordinate efforts with cities, towns, counties, school districts and other local governmental entities and with private organizations within Colorado in the first observance of the federal and state legal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; now, therefore,

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Fifty-fifth General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

That the Colorado General Assembly hereby encourages appropriate observances, ceremonies and activities and the adoption of appropriate measures to ensure the observance and commemoration of the federal and state legal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr., throughout all the cities, towns counties, school districts and local governments within Colorado.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this resolution will be sent to each city, town, county, school district and local governmental unit within the state upon final adoption of this resolution by the General Assembly.

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Sponsorship

 

_________________2016 Sponsorship Levels________

Knowledge is Power Partner: $1,000
Name /logo listed on website
2 seats provided at the Banquet celebration
Donor acknowledgment on Facebook

 

I Can Achieve Partner: $2,500

Name /logo listed on website
4 seats provided at the Banquet celebration
Donor acknowledgment on Facebook

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Exceeding Expectations Partner: $5,000
Name /logo listed on website
6 seats provided at the Banquet celebration
Donor acknowledgment on Facebook (including logo)

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Passion for Progress Partner: $10,000
Name /logo listed on website
(1) Table for 8 provided at the Banquet celebration
Donor acknowledgment on Facebook (including logo)

Donor acknowledgment in Banquet souvenir booklet (sponsorship commitment prior to January 15th)

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Education is key Partner: $25,000
Name /logo listed on website and (personal advertisement for 6 months)

 (2) Tables for 8 provided at the Banquet celebration
Donor acknowledgment on Facebook (including logo)

Logo placement on event banner (sponsorship commitment prior to January 15th)

Donor acknowledgment in Banquet souvenir booklet (sponsorship commitment prior to January 15th)

Podium acknowledgment at youth conference & Banquet celebration

Corporate name on all publicity and advertisement from the time of commitment

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