Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Martin Luther King Day Celebration 2013

The following is released as a courtesy to the Ada County Human Rights Task Force. Several members of the BPD are also members of the task force, including it's Chairman, Officer Shelli Sonnenberg.

Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins to Speak at King Day Celebration

Rev. Percy Happy Watkins, pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Spokane, Wash., will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr.- Idaho Human Rights Day celebration.

Rev. Watkins is widely known in the Northwest for his powerful rendition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which he will deliver at this year’s celebration followed by a trumpet solo by Boise State University Director of Bands Marcellus Brown.

WHEN: The event begins at noon Monday, Jan. 21st

WHERE: Second floor of the state Capitol rotunda.

It is open to the public and is directed by the Idaho Human Rights Commission – a division of the Idaho Department of Labor.  The celebration is also sponsored by the Ada County Human Rights Task Force and the Idaho Human Rights Education Center. 

Idaho Black History Museum President Phillip Thompson, as the master of ceremonies, will introduce Lt. Gov. Brad Little to formally proclaim Idaho’s 26th annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth on Jan. 15, 1929.

The trumpet fanfare by Marcellus Brown and Boise State University students will open the celebration, which will include a Girl Scout color guard from Farmway Village Troop 457 of Caldwell and Boise Troop 44.

The Common Ground Community Chorus will perform “The Declaration/People Everywhere Just Want to be Free” before Dr. Jill Gill introduces Rev. Watkins.  The youth rock group, Boise School of Rock, will also “Rock the Rotunda” with a performance. 

The drum and singing ensemble, Global Lounge Group, will perform on the steps of the Statehouse to welcome marchers from Boise State University, who will hold a short rally before moving into the rotunda.

Boise Peace Quilters will display a peace quilt amid the information tables staffed by community partners.

MLK Day 2013 Poster