Idaho Purce grew up in Pocatello during the 1950s, when she was heavily discriminated against for being African-American. Enduring those experiences turned her into a lifelong advocate for civil rights. She served on the first Idaho Commission on Human Rights, as well as being active with the NAACP and even traveling to Hayden Lake in northern Idaho to tour the former Aryan Nation compound.
"[She is] an activist whose life embodies the ideal of being the change we'd like to see in the world," said Dr. Lisa McClain, a professor of history and gender studies at Boise State University.
Women like Purce and others will be lauded during First Thursday's Fettuccine Forum at 5:30 p.m. McClain, who will host the event, invited a group of women to sit on a panel and discuss the topic, "Being the Change: Women Activists in Idaho."
Panelists include Yasmin Aguilar from the Agency for New Americans, Mistie Tolman from Planned Parenthood and Emilie Jackson-Edney of Add the Words. The forum takes place at the City Council Chambers in Boise City Hall at 150 N. Capitol Blvd.