This month, the Idaho Black History Museum celebrates Black History Month with a new exhibit, a new mural, two presentations and longer hours.
The new exhibit, entitled "Economic Empowerment," looks at a handful of black Idaho business people, including former Boise City Council member Jerome Mapp; Dr. Karl Watts, founder and executive director of Genesis World Mission and the American Academy of Family Physicians Physician of the Year 2010; and Chef Roland of Chef Roland's Cajun Cuisine.
IBHM also now has a lending library, as well as a stunning new mural by local artist Pablo Rodriguez titled Slave to President. And on Thursday, local activist Yvonne McCoy will give a talk entitled, "The Audacity of Hope."
McCoy was born in Virginia in 1947, the last of nine children. As a youngster, she handed out fliers for John F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign and rallied against segregation by attending lunch-counter sit-ins and boycotts against public places with segregation policies. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English and psychology from Howard University, she stayed in Washington, D.C., mentoring young women from Anacostia, a disadvantaged area of metropolitan D.C.
McCoy and her husband moved to Boise about six years ago.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., FREE, Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Drive, 208-433-0017, ibhm.org. IBHM is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through the month of February.