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Celebrated in the state of Idaho in the United States, Idaho Human Rights Day recognizes and honors the progress made towards civil rights and equality for all people. The holiday was established in 1990 in order to remember the work of those who sought to protect human rights in Idaho and around the world, and to continue advocating towards a fair and equal society.

History of Idaho Human Rights Day

Located in the north west of the United States, Idaho was inhabited by Native American tribes for thousands of years, before it was admitted to the Union in 1890. The Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the state in 1805, and it was later explored and settled by European-American fur traders and miners.

Idaho’s early economy was based on agriculture, mining, and forestry, and it is still an important agricultural state today. It is known for its production of potatoes, wheat, and other crops, as well as for its livestock and dairy industries. It’s also home to many natural resources, including timber, minerals, and hydroelectric power, which have played a significant role in its economic development.

Throughout its history, Idaho has been shaped by its diverse cultures, geography, and economic opportunities. It has a rich history and cultural heritage that continues to influence the state today.

In 1990, the Idaho legislature established Idaho Human Rights Day which is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year.

Idaho Human Rights Day Timeline

July 3, 1890

Idaho becomes a state

On this date, Idaho is admitted to the Union as the 43rd state.[1]

January 15, 1929

Martin Luther King Jr. is born

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. eventually becomes a Baptist minister and civil rights leader who advocates for racial equality and nonviolence. King becomes a prominent figure in the American civil rights movement and is known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.[2]

July 2, 1964

Civil Rights Act is passed

A significant milestone in the history of civil rights in the United States, the Civil Rights Act is signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in employment, voting, and public accommodations. It also establishes the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to monitor and address discrimination in the workplace.[3]

April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated

In Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Luther King Jr. is shot and killed by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of his hotel room. King’s assassination is a major event in the civil rights movement and a turning point in the struggle for racial equality in the United States.[4]

April 10, 1990

Idaho Human Rights Day is established

The Idaho legislature founds Idaho Human Rights Day.[5]

How to Celebrate Idaho Human Rights Day

There are many ways to celebrate and support the ideals of human rights and equality. Here are three suggestions:

Find Out More About Human Rights Issues

One of the best ways to celebrate is to learn more about the history of human rights and the ongoing struggles for equality and justice. You can read books or articles, watch documentaries or films, or attend lectures or workshops on these topics.

You can also share this knowledge with others, whether through discussions with friends and family, hosting a film screening or book club, or participating in a community education event.

Get Involved in Human Rights Advocacy and Activism

Another way to celebrate is to actively work to promote human rights in your community and beyond. This can involve participating in rallies, peaceful protests, or other forms of direct action to raise awareness of specific issues or causes.

It can also involve volunteering your time or resources to organizations that work on human rights issues, such as civil rights groups, refugee or immigrant advocacy organizations, or community-based social justice initiatives.

Practice Empathy and Inclusivity in Your Everyday Life

Idaho Human Rights Day is also a good opportunity to reflect on your own attitudes and behaviors and consider how you can be more supportive of human rights in your daily life. This can involve treating others with respect and kindness, regardless of their background or circumstances.

This can also mean being more inclusive and welcoming in your interactions with others, and making an effort to understand and appreciate the diversity of perspectives and experiences in your community.

Celebrate Human Rights Champions

Idaho Human Rights Day is a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of those who have fought for human rights and equality, both in Idaho and worldwide. You can honor these individuals by learning about their work, sharing their stories, and expressing your appreciation for their efforts.

Other ways to pay tribute to these human rights champions can be made through volunteering with organizations that carry on their legacy, supporting causes that were important to them, or simply acknowledging their impact on your own life and the lives of others.

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