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Boise State University Plans March For Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, Jan. 21

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Boise's premier street, Capitol Boulevard, was designed by early city planners to draw residents' eyes toward its focal point: the Idaho State Capitol.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, it's fitting that the annual Day of Greatness event put together by Boise State University students should commemorate the national holiday with a march down the city's main thoroughfare.

Organized to celebrate late civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., past speakers have included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Cornel West and King's son, Martin Luther King III.

Beginning at 9 a.m., participants are invited to meet in the Jordan Ballroom in the Student Union Building to make signs for the march. Representatives of nonprofit organizations will match volunteers with service.

At 10:40 a.m., the march begins and is expected to reach the Capitol by noon. The march culminates in a rally on the Statehouse steps.

This year's speaker, the Rev. Happy Watkins of the Spokane, Wash., New Hope Baptist Church, is presented in part by the Idaho Commission on Human Rights.

But while the rally marks the end of the march, it's anything but for scores of participants who spend the rest of the day giving their time as volunteers for local organizations to honor King's legacy.

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