Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King Junior Day and Idaho Human Rights Day. Please see the NWCHR calendar for a variety of celebratory and educational events related to this holiday. Events begin tomorrow, Wednesday, January 11th, and continue through next week. We’ve included events in Moscow-Pullman, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, and Boise, including many events sponsored by the University of Idaho and Washington State University. If we’re missing your MLK and Human Rights Day event, please let us know! Email Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two important educational events with a strong history in our region will take place in the Coeur d’Alene and Moscow communities:
This Friday, January 13, the 27th Annual MLK Jr. Children’s Program for 5th Graders will take place at North Idaho College. The event is co-sponsored by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls school districts, the Human Rights Education Institute, and North Idaho College. The program is created for 5th graders from the two school districts. This year the program features “The Right to Dream: Winning the Civil Rights Movement” by the Seattle-based Living Voices performers. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council’s Endowment for Humanities Education.
This Saturday, January 14th, the Latah County Human Rights Task Force will host the 19th Annual MLK Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast in the Multi-Purpose Room at Moscow Junior High (1410 East D St.). This event is an important tradition for the region, providing an opportunity for people of all ages to come together to celebrate and remember the contributions of Dr. King and to reconfirm their commitment to his ideals of equality and justice. This year the event features guest speakers Helen and Robert Singleton, organizers of the Freedom Riders, who in 1961 rode interstate buses into the segregated U.S. South. The program also includes a full breakfast, entertainment by Moscow H.S. Glee Club, presentation of two Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Awards, and presentation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Essay contest winners. Tickets can be purchased at Paradise Ridge CDs in Moscow, 117 East 3rd. The breakfast is co-sponsored by the University of Idaho Office of Multicultural Affairs, AmeriCorps, and Women’s Center, and by the Latah County Human Rights Task Force.
See our events page for many more MLK-Idaho Human Rights Day activities.