This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just a Monday off work. The celebrations will continue long after Boise State's Day of Greatness, which took place on Jan. 16.
On Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., Tim Wise, veteran of hundreds of college campus presentations across the country, will deliver Boise State's keynote address for the MLK celebrations. The tireless antiracist writer runs the timwise.org blog, where he champions the message of the Civil Rights Movement. Professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University once called him "one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation."
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Barnwell Room of the Student Union Building, Idaho's Black History Museum will lead a presentation titled Jim Crow, Idaho, and the Economics of Racism. The presentation will explore the history of blacks in the United States, and the politics and racism that led to their classification as second-class citizens for so many years. Associate history professor Dr. Jill Gill and a panel of Idahoans will also offer perspectives on Idaho's role in black history and the economic repercussions of Jim Crow.
And on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., you can hear poetry from spoken-word artist Roger Bonair-Agard. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Bonair-Agard moved to the United States in 1987, where he weathered the streets of New York City as an immigrant. Today, Bonair-Agard lives in Chicago, and his poetry has won him the National Poetry Slam twice, as well as other spoken-word competitions.