With May finally delivering the flowers that the old adage promises, you won't want to stay inside this week. Good news: When you're out and about enjoying the greening landscape, you won't need to drop a lot of green. From a booksigning with the former drummer for The Doors to a French artist's fir ... More >>
When you think of the Civil Rights Movement, you likely think of Martin Luther King Jr. -- for good reason. The role he played was monumental -- and because of that, monuments have been erected, pages in textbooks set aside and a national holiday named in his honor. So much attention has been given ... More >>
Justice for the family of Marvin Booker may have to wait. On Monday, Booker's brother, sister-in-law and cousins stood in front of the statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. in City Park and expressed their disappointment that the civil lawsuit they filed against the city and the sheriff's deputies whose ... More >>
Just because the weekend's over doesn't mean your free fun is. This week you can watch (or join) the Martin Luther King Marade, knit a pair of legwarmers while you watch Flashdance, and attend a trunk show without even opening your wallet. See a complete listing of this town's events on our online ... More >>
Editor's note: Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that got its start here in Colorado. The Westword office is closed, but Latest Word will be posting occasional updates. Watch for our full roster of stories to return tomorrow. The country's largest parade in honor of Martin Lut ... More >>
The situation was stupid enough that Ken Salazar probably wanted to punch someone. When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was unveiled in 2011, eagle-eyed wordsmiths quickly pointed out that one of the quotes etched into the granite monument had taken King's words out of context, making him seem l ... More >>
How does the peaceful vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. translate in the heart of China? The subject of the documentary Bringing King to China, an American woman teaching in Beijing, decided to find out by jumping the multiple hurdles of interpretation, governmental suppression and fundraising to ... More >>
We hooked yesterday's collection of the five most memorable kid in trouble stories to the tale of Sean King, who got called to the principal's office after wearing blackface for a Martin Luther King Jr. project. One reader thought someone else deserved to be there, too.
Latest Word is off to mark Martin Luther King Day, but will be back on duty early tomorrow morning. The Martin Luther King Marade (that's march/parade) gets under way this morning at 9 a.m. The Colorado Progressive Coalition will be holding its own rally before the marade, asking for police accounta ... More >>
Today as the country honors Dr. Martin Luther King, a consortium of local hip-hop artists and community activists is getting together this afternoon at 3 p.m. at RedLine Denver (2350 Arapahoe Street) for Beyond Occupy: An MLK Dialogue for 2012, to engage in dialogue about the bigger picture o ... More >>
Brett Reese.Earlier this year, Greeley-Evans school board member Brett Reese received Shmuck of the Week honors for being a gun-totin' hater of Martin Luther King, Jr. But that's only the tip of his shmuckiness according to his fellow board members, who've censured him after accusations aros ... More >>
Not that it comes as much of a surprise when it comes to the woman so possessed with Christ-loving zeal that she walked into a Loveland art museum and smashed a work of art with a crowbar, but Kathleen Folden is crazy -- and in the way typical of evangelical fanatics, she's crazy in an "obses ... More >>
On a comfortably brisk morning in City Park, thousands of people gathered to march in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We asked a few marchers of how to keep King's spirit and message alive in 2011, 43 years after his death.
Martin Luther King Jr.Check out these three Colorado-centric blog posts. 5280's Michael de Yoanna shares his take on Greeley school board member Brett Reese's radio attacks on Martin Luther King Jr. Will he take down Mother Teresa next? Colorado Pols: The mercurial Tom Strickland is leaving ... More >>
The homicide that took place yesterday afternoon two blocks east of Monaco on 39th Avenue, near Martin Luther King Park, is turning into a pretty open-and-shut case. Police responding to a call about two men in a loud argument arrived at the scene only to find one of the men shot -- he was p ... More >>
The country's largest parade in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. will kick off this morning in Denver, Colorado, a mid-sized city with a small black population, but a big record of fighting for equality. Wilma Webb, then a state legislator, was instrumental in pushing to make MLK Day a holid ... More >>
Colorado was the first state to make Martin Luther King's birthday a holiday, and the annual Marade, the march/parade in his honor, is the largest in the country. So how does Denver Public Schools mark this august occasion? By offering a lunch menu on January 15 -- the same day the city host ... More >>
Cultural imperialists!No one doubts that lunch room food is offensive. And while I have nothing but respect for lunch ladies -- they prepare, cook and serve thousands of meals a day to kids who take tater tots for granted (damn cholesterol!) -- the fare itself is, well, just like when you we ... More >>
View Larger Map Predictably, those good news stories about the murder rate in Denver being down in 2009 have been followed by bloodshed aplenty. Example: two homicides took place late last night near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Adams Street, an area captured in the graphic a ... More >>
We'll leave it to the shrinks and pundits to try to figure out which Broncos team is going to show up in Kansas City next week. Will it be the upstarts who shocked just about everybody for six games? The head cases who fell flat against the Redskins and were absolutely impotent against the Ch ... More >>
The original casket of Emmett Till was among the missing items uncovered in the Alsip, Illinois, cemetery scandal. After the body of the fourteen-year-old civil rights martyr was exhumed in 2005 for an investigation into Till's lynching back in 1955, when the Chicago boy dared to talk to a white wom ... More >>
Photo: Claudia LopezI deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I ... More >>
Cute kids make good migil photos.The mood at last night's Rocky Mountain News candlelight migil (half march, half vigil --- so coined, in the tradition of the Martin Luther King Day Marade, by someone cleverer than me) was light. Although the details of the event hinted at the possibility of theatri ... More >>
We have a dream -- that no one in Colorado will go hungry today. For the first time, the Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission has partnered with Food Bank of the Rockies, by hosting a soup/chili food and fund drive at the beginning and conclusion of today's Marade in honor of MLK. Colo ... More >>
What's a parade - or marade, for that matter - without free stuff? There was plenty of it today in Civic Center Park, the endpoint of the city's official Martin Luther King Day Marade. (For those of you who are wondering, in the grand tradition of the cockapoo -- half cocker spaniel, half poodle -- ... More >>
As federal holidays go, there are few more worthy than next week's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But unless black people celebrate the good doctor's achievements with some raucous party I'm not invited to -- entirely possible, since I'm whiter than a Cheers cast reunion -- it's not exactly the most ro ... More >>
Thursday, June 1, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 1-866-455-2263.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
High in the sky
From the week of October 17, 2002
Martin Luther King Jr. "Marade"
From the week of November 15, 2001
Are you a man or a mouse? Read all about it.
When the Bush administration does something worth protesting, La Mitzvah will be ready.
Northeast Denver's schools are running out of room.
January 7 - 13, 1999