Æ Celebrations of the civil rights activist’s life and legacy begin Monday at Boise State University. People will gather at 9 a.m. at the Student Union Building to make posters for a march up Capitol Boulevard. The march leaves from campus at 10:40 a.m. and ends with a rally and speeches on the Statehouse steps.
Æ At noon in the Capitol rotunda, the official state recognition begins with the Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Spokane, performing his rendition of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. A trumpet solo by BSU Director of Bands Marcellus Brown and a proclamation by Lt. Gov. Brad Little will follow, along with musical performances, a color guard and a Boise Peace Quilt display.
Æ The Canyon Area Human Rights Task Force hosts an airing of Idaho Public Television’s “The Color of Conscience” documentary at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the McCain Center at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. Producer Marcia Franklin will join the discussion following the film. Free.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26
Æ “Our Voices” playwriting project: Under the direction of Thomas Dean Kellogg of the Mentor Artists Playwrights Project, a group of young people from various backgrounds wrote one-act plays exploring their personal life experience. Each play will be read on stage by Boise-area professional actors, 7 p.m., BSU Student Union Hatch Ballroom. Free.
MONDAY, JAN. 28
Æ Keynote speech with Tricia Rose: The award-winning writer, feminist, hip-hop scholar and professor speaks as part of MLK recognition events. Rose is known for her groundbreaking book “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America.” 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, BSU Student Union Simplot Ballroom at Boise State. Free.