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MLK Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The University of Idaho and Washington State University come together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of events. The events coincide with Dr. King’s national holiday in January. Celebrations often include renowned speakers, marches, rallies, films and a wide range of educational as well as celebratory activities.

2015 Upcoming Events

University of Idaho MLK Keynote Speaker: Robert Butler "Race, Ethics, and the Media"
Date: Thursday, January 15
Time: 4:00 pm    
Location: Clearwater/Whitewater, Idaho Commons
Description: Robert Butler president of the National Association of Black Journalist, is an independent journalist at KCBS Radio in San Francisco.  He has reported on protest and rallies following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Latah County Human Rights Task Force Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast
Date: Saturday, January 17
Time: 9:00 am     Location: Moscow Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, 1410 East D 
Description: Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast at includes Breakfast, Guest Speaker Robert Butler, Entertainment by Simba and Friends, Winner of Art and Essay Contest, Rosa Parks Awards. Ticket $8 general; $4 students and children at Paradise Ridge CDs 117 East 3rd, UI Office of Multicultural Affairs or at the door. Proceeds will go to educational programs for Latah Schools.

“I Have a Dream” Speech presented by Reverend Happy Watkins
Date: Tuesday, January 20
Time: 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Idaho Commons Food Court
Description: "I Have a Dream" is a 17-minute public speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that was delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. The speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, was delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. Reverend Happy Watkins is a dynamic motivational speaker, lecturer and pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Spokane, WA.

Lavender Lunch: Documentary, "Brother Outsider"
Date: Thursday, January 22
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: TLC 229 Student Diversity Center
Description: A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence.  On November 20, 2013, Barack Obama bestowed a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on Bayard Rustin. Walter Naegle, Rustin’s surviving life partner, accepted the award.  Part of the UI MLK Celebration.

MLK Day of Service
Date: Monday, January 19
Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: Moscow
Description: Collection for Vandal Food Pantry

UI MLK Art & Essay Contest
Deadline Friday, January 30 4:30 pm

MLK Art and Essay Contest

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Idaho undergraduates, graduates and professional students enrolled for the Spring 2015 semester are invited to write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay or create an artistic piece in the medium of their choice in response to the following:
As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is still so much more work to be done.  Reflect on the status of civil rights today and what challenges remain to fulfilling the aspirations of the civil rights movement.  Issues related to civil rights can include health care, religion and belief, voting, housing, employment, gender equality, immigration, racial and ethnic justice, domestic violence, public accommodations, gay rights, veteran status, Americans with disabilities, and others.

All University of Idaho degree seeking undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled for the spring 2015 semester are invited to enter.
Judging Criteria:          
Essays will be judged on understanding of the topic, original thinking, effectiveness in presenting a personal point of view, literary style, grammar and spelling.  Undergraduate and graduate/professional entries will be judged separately.
Art entries will be judged on how they evoke understanding on the part of the observer as to what civil rights issue or event or related message is being presented.  Art entries may be submitted with an up to 250 word introduction.
$500 awards:
Best undergraduate student essay Best graduate/professional student essay
Best undergraduate student art entry Best graduate/professional student art entry

*Honorable Mention awards of $100 will be given in some categories 

Deadline:  4:30 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015
How to Submit:
Essay:  Submit an electronic copy to Associate Dean and Ubuntu Chair Jeffrey A. Dodge at
Art entry:  Submit art to:  
College of Law
Administration Office
Menard 101
Awards Presentation:
Saturday, February 7, 2014, 5 p.m. SUB/Pitman Center International Ballroom*
*Awards presentation will precede the University of Idaho Signature Event: Shades of Black.  Winners are expected to attend and all entrants eagerly invited.  All entries will be on display at the event.
Founding Sponsors:
  • College of Law
  • Division of Diversity and Human Rights
  • Ubuntu 
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • ASUI
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association
Events are still in the planning stages.  Please check back soon.