Despite a winter storm that’s turned streets and sidewalks icy, Denver’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration proceeded as planned.
The 32nd annual celebration drew a crowd of a few thousand to City Park. Dignitaries in attendance include Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, and U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Mike Coffman.
Bennet told the crowd that Martin Luther King Jr. understood that “all men are created equal was never a guarantee. It was a promise that each generation has to work to fulfill.”
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock reminded the group that King said if a push for equality is wrong, then the U.S. Constitution is wrong.
“I think your presence here today indicates that in no way in (expletive) were we wrong,” he said.
Wilma Webb, former state lawmaker and Denver first lady who led the push for Colorado to make MLK Day a state holiday, said modern threats to King’s legacy cannot stand.
“We’re here today to say we are not going back.”
Former Denver mayor Wellington Webb said he wouldn’t talk “about that white nationalist in the White House.”
“If we can survive slavery, we can survive that man in the White House.”