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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

The following regional activities and events will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day:


“My Beloved Community” - In addition to several cultural performances, the program features the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity step team. Martin Luther King Jr. was a member of this fraternity in the 1950s. A dialogue also is planned with Chris Kim, president, Korean American Association; Mike Gonzalez, KXLY-TV “Good Morning Northwest” and Hispanic Business Professional Association president; Michael LeaderCharge, City of Spokane Youth Services; Cynthia Eady-Paulson, Spokane Public Schools; and Jim Mohr, IEL coordinator of student activities and diversity. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Spokane Community College, Lair Student Center, 1810 N. Greene St. Free. (509) 533-7378.


17th Annual Martin Luther King Human Rights Community Breakfast - This year’s keynote speaker is Rachel Dolezal, the director of education and curator of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene. In addition to her human rights work, she is an award-winning mixed media artist with exhibitions in 13 states, internationally, and at the United Nations Headquarters. Dolezal is currently an art instructor at North Idaho College and an exhibiting artist. 9 a.m. Moscow Junior High School multipurpose room, Moscow. $8/general, $4/students and children. (208) 882-3648.

“It Started With a Dream: Many Views, One Vision!” - Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center Scholarship Fundraiser with gospel music, “How Sweet the Sound!” 5-7 p.m. Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 806 W. Indiana Ave. Free. (509) 838-6581, Ext. 101.


2010 Commemorative Celebration - Martin Luther King Jr. event with guest speaker Dr. Elson S. Floyd, president of Washington State University. 4-6 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. Free. (509) 838-6581, Ext. 101.


Unity March - Annual event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Starts at INB Performing Arts Center at 10 a.m. and ends at River Park Square, where a Community Resource Fair will take place on the second and third levels from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Free. (509) 455-8722.

Children’s Learning Resource Fair - Annual event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave., second floor. Free. (509) 455-8722.

“I Have a Dream” speech - The Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins delivers the famous speech first heard in 1963 in Washington, D.C., on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. There also will be reflection, music and refreshments, sponsored by the Providence Holy Family Hospital cultural diversity committee. Noon-1 p.m. Providence Holy Family Hospital’s Health Education Center, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St., lower level. Free. (509) 482-2356.

Jan. 19

“I Have a Dream” - Film shows the event on Aug. 28, 1963, when 200,000 civil rights marchers gathered at the steps on the Lincoln Memorial. Sponsored by the University of Idaho Office of Multicultural Affairs. Showings at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Open to the public. University of Idaho Student Diversity Center, 875 S. Line St., Room 229, Moscow. Free. (208) 885-7557.

Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Luncheon - Banquet-style event hosted by the Spokane Falls Community College African American Student Association. The luncheon features speaker Rod Holmes, a retired deputy fire marshal for the Spokane Fire Department who was among Spokane’s first black firefighter, as well as musical entertainment by saxophonist Jermaine Carlton and vocalist Martin Herford. 11:30 a.m. Spokane Falls Community College, Student Union Building Lounges A, B and C, Bldg. 17, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. $5. (509) 533-4331.

Jan. 21

“Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” - During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer and “troublemaker,” Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement and organized the March on Washington in 1963. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background and marked him again and again as a “brother outsider.” The screening is part of the Lavender Lunch Speaker Series and is sponsored by the LGBTQA Center. 12:30 p.m. University of Idaho, Student Diversity Center, 875 S. Line St., Room 229, Moscow. Free. (208) 885-7557.

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