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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The University of Idaho and the Office of Multicultural Affairs celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy through a variety of events. We commemorate the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Planning Committee is comprised of U of I faculty, staff and students and community members.

2021 Celebration Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
Zoom Webinar

Edward Onaci, Associate Professor in the History Department and in the African American/Africana Studies Program at Ursinus College, presented the webinar titled, "Free the Land! The New Afrikan Independence Movement and the Biographical Consequences of Social Movement Activism," as the Keynote Address celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The webinar was held on Thursday, Jan. 21 and was sponsored by the University of Idaho Office of Multicultural Affairs, the U of I Equity and Diversity Units and the U of I Black Student Union. A recording of this webinar can be found here.

The OMA Diversity Scholars and U of I Black Student Union hosted a food drive outside of the Moscow Walmart on Saturday, Jan. 30 in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Students, faculty, staff and community members were encouraged to donate non-perishable goods 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The OMA will also continue to collect donations until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. These donations can be brought to the OMA Office in TLC 230 any time 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Vandal Food Pantry, which serves hundreds of students and community members each year. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 208-885-776 or

Entry deadline: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

To commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Idaho undergraduates, graduates and professional students enrolled for the 2021 spring semester at any U of I location are invited to create a written work or piece of art in ANY medium of their choice in response to the prompt below about equality and social, racial and ethnic justice.

Theme: "Justice too long delayed is justice denied."  - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From a Birmingham Jail

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."

For more information, please visit the Ubuntu website.


Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 208-885-7716 or email

Edward Onaci
Edward Onaci, Ph.D.

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