Martin Luther King Jr. - Idaho Human Rights Day

On Monday, January 21, the entire Boise State Campus will be closed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Twenty three years ago, on January 15, 1990, over 700 Boise State students rallied in support of Idaho’s recognition of this holiday.

January 15, 1990 MLK Day rally

Boise State student leader Eric Love worked with University President Dr. John Keiser to coordinate a new committee to plan events for MLK Day for the Boise State community. From that spurred the MLK Living Legacy Committee, which is alive and well today. Read articles from the 1990 rally from the digital collection of student newspapers available through Scholarworks.

January 15, 1990 MLK Day rally

This committee plans the MLK Living Legacy event every year. This year’s celebration starts at 9:00 on January 21 with poster making and a march to the Capitol at 10:40am. For more information visit their website http://mlk.boisestate.edu/

January 15, 1990 MLK Day rally

For more information on the history of Idaho’s recognition and creation of the Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day, see Dr. Jill Gill’s recent article in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, ”Idaho’s ‘Aryan’ Education: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and Racial Politics.” Vol. 102, Number 4 (Fall 2011) - available in the print collection.

Jim Duran,
Special Collections and Archives

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