MLK Resourceful, Responsible, Reflective Day

Baptist minister, Civil Rights leader and social activist all define Martin Luther King Jr. Through nonviolent methods of protest, Dr. King used the power of words and love to fight for justice and leave an indelible mark on the world.

As the nation prepares to honor him this upcoming Monday, The College of Idaho will replace classes with the “MLK Jr. Resourceful, Responsible, and Reflective Day.”

“The College of Idaho has designated MLK Day as a day of special recognition wherein energies generally devoted to classes will be channeled toward reflection on human rights and the social justice values extolled by Dr. King,” said Paul Bennion, C of I vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Events span across Jan. 15 and 16 and are as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 15

Farm-way village poverty experience and service project. The project will start Sunday at 11 a.m. and end Monday at 11 a.m. The objective is to visit a historically significant labor camp and learn about the role immigrant laborers played on local economies and the agriculture industry. Vans will leave from McCain parking at 11 a.m. Sunday. While at Farm-way Village, students will provide service and live in a simulated poverty condition. If interested, call (208) 989-2056 or email [email protected].

Monday Jan. 16

Poverty Simulation facilitated by United Way at 10:30 a.m. in Simplot Dining Hall

The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month-to-month. The objective is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income families.   

Service project facilitated by United Way at 11 a.m. in Simplot Dining Hall

Hygiene Kits will be organized by College of Idaho volunteers, then distributed to local school districts through United Way. These Kits will help school-aged homeless students in Canyon and Ada County.

Keynote speaker Roger Bonair-Agard at 1:30 p.m. in the Langroise Center

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Roger Bonair-Agard is a poet and performance artist who lives in Chicago. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, has led countless workshops and lectures, and has performed his poetry at many universities as well as international festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Milan and Jamaica.

Advocacy training at 3 p.m. in Langroise

Explore the cycle of injustice, go through a privilege exercise and cultivate ideas on moving forward as engaged upstanders, rather than bystanders, in today’s political climate.

Reflection session from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the McCain Pub. Coffee will be provided by Dutch Bros.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit