Students and parents have already kicked off the Treasure Valley's Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day this morning at Boise State's Student Union Building. They're making posters and warming up to face a particularly frigid march up Capitol Boulevard, which will end with a rally on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse, right about 11:30 a.m.
At noon inside the Capitol, the state's official recognition of the holiday will be highlighted by a display of the Boise Peace Quilt, a trumpet solo by Boise State Director of Bands Marcellus Brown, and the Rev. Percy Watkins, pastor of Spokane's New Hope Baptist Church, performing his rendition of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.
But Tea Partiers have a different sense of how to mark this day. Tea Party Boise will hold its own rally—at 1 p.m.—on the steps of the Capitol to protest a proposed state-run health insurance exchange. The activists say they'll head inside the Capitol after their rally to continue their cause by having some one-on-one time with legislators.