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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The University of Idaho and Washington State University come together to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of events coinciding with the national holiday in January.

Celebrations often include renowned speakers, marches, rallies, films and a wide range of educational as well as celebratory activities.

2017 Celebration Schedule:

Jan. 16-Feb. 17, TLC Foyer Free Speech Wall

Join the Black Student Union, LGBTQA Office, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Women’s Center for a weekly display on MLK, Black History Month and other topics.

Jan. 13-16

Diversity Scholar student will collect canned food for the Vandal Food Pantry. Collections will be requested on Friday, Jan. 13 and will be picked up between noon and 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 208-885-776 or

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Vandal Ballroom, Pitman Center

Sen. Buckner-Webb will be addressing Dr. King’s Dream, civic engagement, and the steps needed to create a united America.

In a difficult economic climate, Cherie Buckner-Webb chose to effect change in a new arena by running for public office. Elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2010 and the Idaho Senate in 2012 and 2014 by a wide margin, Buckner-Webb’s message in the Statehouse reflects the same collaborative and visionary goals she emphasizes in her life and work. She is the founder and principal of Sojourner Coaching, “supporting highly motivated women and men to navigate the waters of their lives with purpose.” As a respected speaker, she uses her voice to raise awareness about diversity, justice, inclusion and human rights topics. Buckner-Webb’s credo, “leave a legacy,” underscores her work in every area of activity and to that end she donates countless hours to a variety of community organizations.

9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Moscow Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room

Latah County Human Rights Task Force invites the public to the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr./ Human Rights Community Breakfast. The event will feature a full breakfast, entertainment, presentation of Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Awards, announcement of Martin Luther King Art and Essay Contest winners; and keynote talk by Mark Trahant, a Native American journalist and faculty member at North Dakota University who will speak on “Environmental Justice.” Tickets for the Breakfast are available at Paradise Ridge C.D.’s at 117 East 3rd in Moscow. Admission in $8 for adults and $4 for students and children. More information at

Trahant is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, and a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He has served as editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,. and is a former columnist at The Seattle Times and has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers. Trahant reports and comments on events and trends on his blog at TrahantReports.Com and on and other social media. He does a weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One.

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21

The ASUI Center for Volunteerism and Social Action 2017 MLK Day of Service is an annual service event for University of Idaho students that started in 2012. Vandals volunteer together in Moscow and the surrounding communities.

10 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 23, Administration Building Room 217

The Safe Zone Program creates a safe and welcoming environment at UI for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff by developing and maintaining a network of informed individuals who are willing to be visibly supportive of people on campus who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This training will help continue MLK’s Dream of creating a unified and inclusive space for all.

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, Whitewater room, Idaho Commons

Being able to support those impacted by the tragedies in Allepo, speaking with state and local elected officials, and impacting national legislation: these are all aspects of our daily life that can feel too large to understand. However, the United States has a system that incorporates influence from all citizens and there are ways to truly effect national issues. This workshop will explain ways to be an active citizen that can produce results to encourage the change you wish to see locally, nationally, and abroad. Join us to learn how you can be involved regardless or skill level or major. Active citizenship can be done by anyone and you can create change.

Entry deadline: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30

To recognize the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Idaho undergraduates, graduates and professional students enrolled for the spring 2017 semester are invited to write a short essay or create an artistic piece in the medium of their choice.

This year’s focus is environmental justice. As King understood, living in a healthy and safe environment is a human and civil right. When he was assassinated, King was in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers who handled toxic waste. Poor people and minority peoples have often been subjected to environmental injustices. Environmental Justice is the struggle for equal protection and a healthy environment for all.

Essays: Submit electronic copies and student permission form to UBUNTU Chair S.J. Jung at

Art Entries: Drop off pieces and student permission at the College of Law Dean’s Office Menard Law, Room 101.


Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (208) 885-7716 or email

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb will give the keynote address at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Vandal Ballroom, Pitman Center.

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