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On Monday, January 15, the community of Colorado Mesa University gathered at Grand Junction City Hall to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year's Proclamation Ceremony, held at Grand Junction City Hall, resonated with powerful speeches from community leaders, echoing Dr. King's message of unity and justice.

As the ceremony concluded, a symbolic march unfolded, guiding participants from the heart of the city to CMU's main campus. The march, a visual representation of collective progress, carried with it the spirit of Dr. King's dream for a more unified and harmonious society.


Following the march, community members gathered in CMU's Love Recital Hall for the evening celebrations. The highlight of the evening was the keynote address delivered by Dr. Joyce Brooks, a prominent figure in education and community advocacy. Dr. Brooks, a board member of Great Education Colorado and co-chairperson for Coloradans for the Common Good, brought her wealth of experience to the forefront. As the education chairperson for the NAACP State Conference, she emphasized the crucial role education plays in fostering understanding and unity.

Colorado Mesa University · Keeping the Dream Alive

The event, marked by a day of reflection, celebration and education, showcased the power of unity within the CMU community. As participants dispersed into the night, the echoes of Dr. King's timeless teachings lingered, serving as a reminder that the journey towards justice and equality continues, one step at a time.


Written by Madelynn Fellet