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Idaho State University Human Rights Celebration Jan. 21-24 includes candlelight march, lecture, diversity fair

Posted January 15, 2013

The Idaho State University Diversity Resource Center is coordinating a variety of events including a candlelight march, a lecture and a diversity fair for the ISU Human Rights Celebration running Jan. 21-24.           

Events planned include:

  Monday, Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight March. The march will begin at 5 p.m. at the north parking lot of Holt Arena and will finish at the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater. ISU Transportation Services will provide bus service for those wishing to participate but unable to march. The bus service will also provide transportation back to Holt Arena following the program for individuals who participated in the march.

A program will be held in the PSUB Movie Theater at about 6 p.m. Among presentations is a keynote speech by ISU rhetorical studies graduate student Barbara Wood Roberts and a welcome from Associated Students of ISU President Matt Bloxham. Winners of the ISU Diversity Resource Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day Celebrations poetry contests will be recognized and their poems will be read. This contest sought original poems of up to 40 lines that explore the theme of this year's celebration, "The Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King."

Tuesday, Jan. 22: Speaker Dr. Russ Tremayne – "Speaking on Executive Order 9066: Surviving Minidoka." College of Southern Idaho history Professor Tremayne's free lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Light refreshments will be served. His talk will focus on the Camp Minidoka, located six miles from Eden in Jerome County, Idaho, where hundreds of Japanese Americans were relocated during World War II because of an executive order issued by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.

Tremayne is compiling an anthology of essays, interviews, and photograph about the Minidoka experience to be published in 2013 with the support of an Idaho Humanities Grant.

 Thursday, Jan. 24: ISU Diversity Fair. The ISU Diversity Fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex A, B and C Suites. A variety of ISU community organizations are expected to have tables at the fair. This year’s theme is "The Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King." It will celebrate the many facets of diversity.

For more information, contact the ISU Diversity Center at (208) 282-3964 or