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.
2019 Celebration Schedule:
Jan. 18-21, 2019.
Diversity Scholar students will collect canned food for the Vandal Food Pantry. Collections will be requested on Friday, Jan. 18 and will be picked up between 12-3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 111-111-776 or [email protected]
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 6 p.m.
Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center
This year we are proud to have on our campus Dr. Jackson. She is a professor and chair of Black Studies at Portland State University. Her areas of research specialization are race/ethnicity, gender and social movements. She is the editor of "The Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender" and co-editor of "Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation, and Media". She will speak on learning from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his vision and the work we still need to do to achieve a more equitable society.
9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, Moscow Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
Latah County Human Rights Task Force invites the public to the 26th 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 Dr. Jackson, a professor and chair of Black Studies at Portland State University. Her areas of research specialization are race/ethnicity, gender and social movements. She is the editor of "The Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender" and co-editor of "Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation, and Media". 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
Entry deadline: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019
"The curse of poverty has no justification in our age…The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, indirect and immediate abolition of poverty…The solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by…the guaranteed national income.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
To commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Idaho undergraduates, graduates and professional students enrolled for the spring semester are invited to write an essay or poem or create an artistic piece in the medium of their choice in response to a prompt about economic justice.
Throughout his life, Martin Luther King, Jr. strove for economic justice and an end to poverty. In the last year of his life he promoted a Poor Peoples’ March to bring attention to the condition of those who lacked life’s basic needs and to suggest ways for us to improve their economic welfare. This year, our art and writing contest draws attention to this aspect of King’s work.
For more Information please visit: divinedestinations.info/ubuntu
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.
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 - 6 p.m.
Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center
We are excited to have one of the original members of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, Norman Gissel.
Norman will talk about the work of Kootenai County Task Force and their efforts to dismantle the Aryan Nations Compound and how the task force modeled its tactics and strategies after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's vision.
Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (111) 111-7716 or email [email protected].