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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The University of Idaho and the Office of Multicultural Affairs celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's. life and legacy through a variety of events. We commemorate the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Planning Committee is comprised of U of I faculty, staff and students and community members.

2020 Celebration Schedule

Jan. 16-20, 2020.

Diversity Scholar students will collect canned food for the Vandal Food Pantry. Collections will be requested on Friday, Jan. 17 and will be picked up between 12-3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 208-885-776 or oma@uidaho.edu

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center

 Jeremy joined the ACLU of Idaho as Manager of Community Engagement in October of 2017. In spring 2019, he conducted a very successful Advocacy Institute training in Moscow. He will speak to our students, staff and faculty about the importance of collective solidarity and collective activism. He will talk about the importance of civic engagement and responsibility through the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jeremy will provide the audience with tools and strategies to showing up as their authentic selves to create positive change in our campus and community.

9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, Moscow Middle School Multi-Purpose Room

Latah County Human Rights Task Force invites the public to the 27th 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 and keynote talk by Jeremy Woodson. 

Jeremy joined the ACLU of Idaho as Manager of Community Engagement in October of 2017, after living abroad in Spain where he worked as a digital media freelancer and English language instructor. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in professional journalism and has worked internationally in digital media and education for more than five years. In spring 2019, he conducted a very successful Advocacy Institute training in Moscow.

Tickets are available at Paradise Ridge CD’s 117 East 3rd and at Book People in Moscow and student tickets are available at The Office Multicultural Affairs in TLC 230. More information at www.humanrightslatah.org.

Entry deadline: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020  

2020 MLK Art and Writing Contest

To commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Idaho undergraduates, graduates and professional students enrolled for the 2020 spring semester at any UI location are invited to create a written work or piece of art in ANY medium of their choice in response to the prompt below about equality and social, racial and ethnic justice.

7th Annual MLK Art and Writing Contest

"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."  - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. With this powerful commitment we shall boldly challenge the status quo and unjust mores and thereby speed the day when 'every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain...'

"We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate...

"Now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter - but beautiful - struggle for a new world." (King Jr., Martin Luther.  “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence.” 4 April, 1967, Speech at Riverside Church, Upper Manhattan, New York.)

Entries Due: Friday, January 31st, 2020

Written Work: Submit electronically to MLK Contest Chair Ian Leibbrandt at ianleibbrandt@uidaho.edu.

Art Entry: Submit to the College of Law Administration Office in Menard Room 101 (711 South Rayburn Drive) to Ian Leibbrandt. For non-Moscow participants, please contact ianleibbrandt@uidaho.edu to coordinate submission.  

Eligibility:

All University of Idaho degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled for the 2020 spring semester at any UI location are invited to enter. No more than one written work and one art entry per student.  

Students must submit a student permission form along with their written work or art piece.

If you have trouble accessing the student permission form, please contact Ian Leibbrandt at ianleibbrandt@uidaho.edu or 208-885-0958.

Judging Criteria:

Written work (up to 700 words) 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 can be submitted in ANY medium and may include an introduction up to 250 words to explain the entry. Undergraduate and graduate/professional entries will be judged separately.

Awards:

A scholarship will be given to the following:

  • Best undergraduate student written work
  • Best graduate/professional student written work
  • Best undergraduate student art piece
  • Best graduate/professional student art piece

Honorable Mention scholarships will be given as funding allows.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 208-885-7716 or email oma@uidaho.edu.

jeremy woodson
Jeremy Woodson from the Idaho ACLU will deliver the keynote address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in the Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center.

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