It began at Boise State in 1989 as a day of civil disobedience to call for a real Idaho commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's now a rally that draws thousands to the university to march through downtown. This year, the event is refocusing on giving back to the community.
On Monday, Jan. 16, Boise celebrates the spirit of the late, world-renowned civil-rights leader. His legacy calls citizens of all colors and creeds to a day of community volunteerism, a Day of Greatness.
Past guest speakers with the Living Legacy showcase have included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Cornel West and King's son, Martin Luther King III. These tireless advocates and others have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of justice and equality.
The formula of years past will still be followed. After 9 a.m. poster-making, the group will march down Capitol Boulevard for a rally on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol building. From the steps, Boise State students and guest speakers will commemorate the history of civil rights in America.
But this year, the day doesn't end at the Statehouse steps. For those with time to give, local nonprofit organizations will recruit for afternoon volunteer opportunities. Participators can choose just to march, or turn the entire day into a community-oriented day of action, designed to foster the lasting tradition King emulated.
"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve," King once said, and that motto serves as the core of the event. The Day of Greatness serves as a living tribute.