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MLK Celebration Begins With January 15 March and Rally

Silhouette of MLK

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind a legacy of radical positive change using peaceful means. King used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. Join the MLK Living Legacy Committee in celebrating his work, and human rights, during the MLK Celebration in January 2018.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is regarded as one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.  Guided by his leadership, the American Civil Rights movement advanced more in 13 years than it had in the prior 350.  He fought against prejudice, international conflict, and poverty, all while promoting a message of peace.  One of the best ways to celebrate his contributions is to reflect on how his work has impacted your own life, and consider how you too can improve the lives of others within your community and worldwide.

Boise State’s annual celebration kicks off on January 15 with the Day of Greatness March and Rally. It starts in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union at 9:30 a.m. with a poster-making session to make posters to carry down Capitol Blvd. for a rally on the statehouse steps. Materials will be provided.  Student speakers will be featured at the rally.

The keynote address on Monday, Jan. 22 features Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. Melissa hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was Editor-at-Large for 2016-2017.  She remains a sought-after public speaker, lecturing widely throughout the United States and abroad.  She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, work, and legacy, visit The King Center here. 

Full Slate of Events

MLK Day of Greatness March and Rally
Monday, Jan. 15
9 a.m. poster-making session (materials provided)
10:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. depart from Jordan Ballroom
11:30 a.m. Arrive at Idaho State Capitol Steps
12:00 p.m. State of Idaho’s Human Rights Day Celebration in the Capitol Rotunda 

Tuesday, Jan. 16
7 p.m.
Student Diversity Center, Student Union

Movie Night“Marshall” the story of Thurgood Marshall
Wednesday, Jan. 17
5 p.m.
Special Events Center, Student Union

“Title IX: Then and Now”
Thursday, Jan. 18
6 p.m.
Jordan A Ballroom, Student Union

Keynote speaker: Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry 
Monday, Jan. 22
7 p.m. 
Jordan Ballroom, Student Union
Free and open to the public 

“Building the Beloved Kingdom”
Wednesday, Jan. 24
1 p.m.
Hatch Ballroom, Student Union

Diversity Fair and Celebration
Friday, Jan. 26
3 – 5 p.m.
Hatch A Ballroom, Student Union

For more information visit the MLK web page.


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