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Hundreds march to capitol, celebrate MLK/Idaho Human Rights Day

More than 300 people marched from Boise State University to the Capitol on Monday as part of Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day commemorations (Betsy Russell)
More than 300 people marched from Boise State University to the Capitol on Monday as part of Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day commemorations (Betsy Russell)

In what’s become an annual Idaho tradition, more than 300 people marched from Boise State University to the Capitol today in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day, and are currently holding a rally on the Capitol steps. Changing, “2-4-6-8, Idaho’s too great for hate,” the marchers carried signs with slogans including, “Equal rights for all,” “Martin had a dream,” “Live the dream,” and “One dream, one Idaho.”

At noon, the state’s official commemoration of the holiday will begin in the 2nd floor rotunda of the Capitol, with a trumpet fanfare; Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will issue an official state proclamation. Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, will speak and introduce today’s keynote speaker, Rabbi Dan Fink. Musical selections also are scheduled from the Common Ground Community Chorus.

In the Senate this morning, in commemoration of the holiday, both Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little quoted King and recalled his legacy.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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