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Grand Junction Community Gathers to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 16, Colorado Mesa University joined civic leaders and the Grand Junction community outside City Hall to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In attendance was CMU representatives including President John Marshall, faculty, staff and students, Black Citizens and Friends, city and county leaders, law enforcement and various community members.

Every year on MLK Day, the community gathers together to reflect on the progress that's been made and outline the important work still ahead. Speeches and proclamations were made by Black Citizens and Friends President David Combs, local government officials, President Marshall and Mesa County Sheriff Todd Rowell.

Following the remarks at City Hall, community members marched to CMU’s campus with a special escort by police vehicles. There they met at Love Recital Hall for additional programming including speeches, one of which was given by Head Football Coach Miles Kochevar. The event concluded with prayers and songs. 


Written by Madelynn Fellet