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Volunteer Opportunities, Celebrations Mark MLK / Idaho Human Rights Day

Monday, Jan. 15, Idaho joins with the nation to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate MLK / Idaho Human Rights Day. Organizations throughout Idaho are holding events and offering activities to celebrate.

MLK Day marks the recognition of the birth and life of the Baptist minister and noted civil rights leader. National legislation passed in 1994 encouraged Americans to transform the annual holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of King. Those who have the day off from work are asked to “make it a day on, not a day off” by participating in one of the many day of service activities across Idaho. All events take place Jan. 15 unless noted otherwise.


  • MLK Day of Greatness March and Rally, sponsored by Boise State University starts with a poster-making session on campus followed by a march to the state capitol arriving at 11:30 a.m. for a rally.
  • MLK /Idaho Human Rights Day at the State Capitol Rotunda at noon, immediately following the Boise State march and rally. A keynote address from Francisco Salinas, director for student diversity and inclusion at Boise State University, will be followed by poetry and entertainers. Several community organizations will staff information tables about how their groups support King’s philosophy of actively participating and volunteering in communities through nonviolent campaigns.
  • Keynote address at Boise State’s Jordan Ballroom Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Speaker is Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou presidential chair, faculty director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University.

North Central

  • Multiple service projects and diversity panel discussion with Lewis Clark Service Corps and Lewis-Clark State College. Volunteer sign-up begins at 2 p.m. at the Lewiston YMCA, 300 Main St. Volunteer projects run from 2:30 to 4:30 followed by a community meal and panel discussion. At 6 p.m. there will be a candlelight walk from YMCA to the LCSC Center for Arts and History followed by performances from the LCSC and the Palouse Chorale Society Chamber choirs. The LCSC Living Voices Theater Company will then stage a production of “Our Revolutions,” a one-person play dramatizing the role of African Americans in the American Revolution.

South Central


Learn about more volunteer opportunities throughout the year at Serve Idaho.

MLK Day: Idaho Opportunities to Give Back

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr.-Human Rights Day and opportunities to volunteer and engage in community betterment are plentiful throughout Idaho.

Historically Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the recognition of the life and birth of one of our country’s greatest civil rights leaders. National legislation passed in 1994 challenges Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of Dr. King.

Learn more about events planned for around the state:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service- Lewiston: The Lewis-Clark Service Corps and MLK Day Planning Committee are inviting community members to participate in volunteer opportunities including working with the Idaho Foodbank, Idaho State Veterans Home, Boys and Girls Club in Lewiston, St. Vincent de Paul in Lewiston and Clarkson, the Lewiston City Library and Homes of Hope. Volunteers can sign up at the LCSC Student Union Building at 10 a.m. to be assigned to sites around the valley.

University of Idaho MLK Celebration – Moscow: The University of Idaho and Washington State University have planned a series of events throughout January including featured speakers, marches, rallies, films and educational activities. Food collections will be taken for the Vandal Food Pantry.

Idaho State University MLK March – Pocatello: Idaho State University is holding a march and food drive to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Boise State University MLK Day Celebrations – Boise: Students and community member can take part in a march from the Boise State University campus to the Idaho State Capitol for a rally. Following the rally, which will feature speakers commemorating Dr. King, participants will return to Boise State University to take part in campus service activities.

Corpus Christi Food Drive – Boise Big Brothers / Big Sisters is hosting a food drive to benefit the Corpus Christi House.

Hand of Hope Sends Medical Supplies to Kenya, Rwanda: Hands of Hope Northwest is calling for volunteers to help pack and sort medical supplies to be sent to countries in need.

Learn more about other national days of service at Serve Idaho.