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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.

2018 Celebration Schedule:

Jan. 12-15, 2018.

Diversity Scholar students will collect canned food for the Vandal Food Pantry. Collections will be requested on Friday, Jan. 12 and will be picked up between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 111-111-776 or [email protected]

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Bruce M. Pitman Center 045 - Main Campus

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.

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 - 5 p.m.
Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center 

This year we are proud to have on our campus Nikkita Oliver. Nikkita Oliver is an organizer, educator, teaching-artist, and attorney. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University, she earned her Master’s of Education and Juris Doctorate concurrently from the University of Washington. She has spent the years since serving Seattleites as a teacher and pro-bono lawyer. Whether it is inspiring the youth in the classroom, partnering with educators and other working people, or fighting against unjust policies that hurt Seattle residents, Nikkita has made it her life’s work to ensure Seattle leads the nation with progressive policies and transformative structures. She truly embodies what it means to be a public servant.

Nikkita Oliver will be addressing the importance of community organizing and how white supremacist structures affect our everyday lives.

9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 - 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, and keynote talk by Nikkita Oliver, an attorney, teacher, and spoken-word artist who devotes her efforts to community organizing and being a spokesman for change for vulnerable people requiring access and equity. Her ideals prompted her to run for Seattle mayor in 2017 under the banner of the Peoples Party of Seattle. Though unsuccessful she continues her work for affordable housing, better education and giving people a voice in the process. Tickets are available at Paradise Ridge CD’s 117 East 3rd and at Book People in Moscow starting Jan. 5, 2018 and student tickets are available at The Office Multicultural Affairs in TLC 230. More information at

Oliver works as a teaching artist and mentor in Seattle Public Schools and through Creative Justice, a nonprofit that uses art to work with youth involved with the court system. She holds law and education degrees from the University of Washington, was the 2015 grand champion of the Seattle Poetry Slam, and received the 2015 artist human-rights leader award from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.

Entry deadline: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

"If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

– Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Resilience is the ability to adapt to and move beyond the effects of internal and external stressors, maintaining psychological wellbeing in the face of adversity. It is the unique ability to “bounce back” from difficult or traumatic experiences. Resilience is not an innate characteristic—it involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed. Resilience is about managing crises or stressful situations, turning divisions into opportunities for unity, and retaining strength of purpose. Being resilient is about recognizing and leveraging the strengths that perhaps we never knew we had, until we have to draw upon them. The more we practice, the more resilient we become.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a model of resilience, continually turning crises into opportunities for action, and bringing polarized groups together to work towards a common goal. Using the theme of resilience, write an essay, poem, or create an art piece that describes concrete strategies for creating and fostering resilient communities that are adaptable to change, promote common goals, and that ensure the wellbeing, safety, and inclusion of all.

For more Information please visit:

Essays: Submit electronic copies and student permission form to UBUNTU Chair: Jan Johnson. [email protected]

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

Sponsored by: The Women's Center, College of Law, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, English Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of the President.


Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (111) 111-7716 or email [email protected].

Nikkita Oliver
Nikkita Oliver will give the keynote address at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018 in the Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center.

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