Sunday, January 15, 2012

King Day Events Scheduled Across Treasure Valley

Posted By on Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Schools across the Treasure Valley will be closed tomorrow—except in Melba, where they're holding classes—and all county, state and federal offices will also be closed to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tomorrow, which is also dubbed Idaho Human Rights Day, a number of events are scheduled across the region, including Boise State's Day of Greatness. Citizens are invited to go to the Hatch Ballroom of the Student Union Building to make posters in preparation for an 11 a.m. march down Capitol Boulevard to a rally on the steps of the Statehouse.

At noon, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will sign a proclamation during a noontime ceremony under the Capitol rotunda. The celebration will also include music and a speech from Marilyn Shuler, former director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

Newly arrived refugees will be guests of honor Monday evening at a Welcome to Boise Dinner at Timberline High School. Hosts will include the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, the Islamic Center of Boise and representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Later Monday evening, a presentation called, "Jim Crow, Idaho and the Economics of Racism," will be held at 7 p.m. at the Boise State Student Union Building. Boise State associate professor Jill Gill will provide historical context of racism, focused on the 20th and 21st centuries, followed by a panel discussion with Idahoans who experienced the Jim Crow era firsthand.

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