Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chief Masterson to take part in Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition meeting

Chief Masterson to take part in Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition meeting

    Boise, Jan 12, 2011- Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson is once again taking part in the annual meeting of the Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition, scheduled for January 24th at Boise State University. This year, the event features a keynote address by one of the country's foremost civil rights advocates, the Rev. Billy Kyles.

    Chief Masterson supports the goals of the Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition, including focusing attention on the knowledge, understanding and inclusion of diverse communities across Idaho. The Chief has served on the ICC board since January of 2005 when he was appointed as Boise's Police Chief .

   "Boise continues to become a increasingly diverse community. We see more diversity in our schools, in our workplaces, in the types of cultural and entertainment events offered in Boise. It's important that Idaho's Capital City be seen as welcoming and inclusive for individuals and families who bring, not only a cultural richness but potential economic diversity that can benefit our entire community for years to come," said Chief Masterson.  

    The ICC offers guidance and resources to local governments as well as corporations, who want Idaho to be recognized as a progressive place where people of all racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds are welcome and have opportunities to thrive and prosper. 

    Rev. Kyles is the longtime pastor of the Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., and the man who persuaded King to come to Memphis in support of striking sanitation workers in April 1968. Kyles has maintained his involvement with civil rights work since the 1960s. He is a member of several civic and professional organizations and is a founding member of the national board of People United to Save Humanity (PUSH), executive director of Rainbow PUSH, Memphis, and executive producer of Rainbow PUSH WLOK Radio. Kyles also worked on Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns and was a delegate to the first African National Congress. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad.

    Rev. Kyles speech and the ICC meeting are also part of Boise State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration. The ICC event and Rev. Kyles address is open and free to the public. It begins at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24th in BSU's Jordan Ballroom.

    The following is a release issued by the Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition regarding their upcoming annual meeting:

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For Immediate Release Date: January 24, 2011

Contact:     Sarah Mae Fisher
        President, Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition
        Sarah.Fisher@labor.idaho.gov
        208-334-2873, ext. 54227

Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition to Hold Its Annual Meeting
In the Barnwell Room of the Boise State University Student Union Building

The Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition (IIC) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, January 24, 2011, at 5:30 pm in the Barnwell Room of the Boise State University Student Union Building.  The IIC is partnering with Boise State University in celebration of Martin Luther King Week.  The evening will begin with an IIC business meeting that will include a recap of 2010, a look forward to plans for 2011, the election of the 2011 IIC Board of Directors, and the $2,000 Idaho Human Rights Scholarship will be awarded to our selected recipient, presented by Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles.

Following the IIC annual meeting you are invited to attend a free keynote speaker for Boise State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration by Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles at 7p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.

The event is free and open to the public. IIC membership opportunities will be available at the door.

Refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend should RSVP to info@idahoincludes.org

About the Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition
Established in 1999, the Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition (IIC) is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, formed to develop and implement strategies for creating and sustaining inclusive communities throughout the state of Idaho. The mission of the IIC is to foster a diverse and inclusive community in which all people can flourish.  The organization’s purpose is to serve as a catalyst to leverage the knowledge, experience and resources of business, government, education and community to foster an inclusive and diverse Idaho.

For more information about this event, please sent request to info@idahoinclused.org