MLK/Idaho Human Rights Day to be observed on campus
Organizations from Lewis-Clark State College are joining others in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley to help sponsor the annual Martin Luther King/Idaho Human Rights Day observance on Monday, Jan. 19.
The event begins at 6 p.m. at the LCSC Amphitheatre on the east side of the Student Union Building where entertainment will be provided. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a short candlelight procession to the LCSC Activity Center.
The main program begins at 6:45 p.m., featuring “Global Heat,” a collaboration of six professional, international musicians. This unique group comes together by combining the best of the Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B, and World Beat styles. Their high-energy performance encourages audience participation and includes positive messages about life and appreciating diversity.
Following the performance, the Rev. Happy Watkins from the New Hope Baptist Church in Spokane will present some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches. Watkins is well-known throughout the Pacific Northwest as an orator of King’s speeches and he brings to life the power and meaning of those speeches.
The program is scheduled to conclude by 8:30 p.m. to encourage families with school-age children to attend.
The local event has changed through the years. The original MLK observances were planned and held in Lapwai 22 years ago. In 1990, the observance moved to Lewiston, and that year 60 people attended. In 2008, more than 400 were in attendance.
The MLK/Idaho Human Rights Day observance in Lewiston has been, for the past several years, the single largest event of its kind in the state of Idaho, according to organizers. The observance events are funded entirely by donations and are coordinated by volunteers from the community.
The Martin Luther King/Idaho Human Rights Day observance is an opportunity for our community to come together to honor and celebrate unity in diversity.
To make a donation to help sponsor this event, contact the Lewiston YWCA at 746-9655.