Broncos march in MLK rally

On Jan. 20th, the Boise State MLK Living Legacy Committee led its annual MLK March and Rally. As a means of ushering in the pending Spring 2014 semester, the Living Legacy Committee provided an opportunity for students to take part in the march in order to remember civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and what his legacy meant for the United States.

All  Boise State students were invited to participate in the march, which began with a poster making session in the Jordan Ballroom on Monday morning.

They then set out from campus to march on the Capitol. Braving cool winter Idaho weather, students of varying fields of study took part in this event as a way of being part of a movement that uniquely impacted them in their own individual lives.

Students expressed what the civil rights movement meant to them even though it took place over 60 years ago. Emmanuel Eze, junior accounting major, spoke on what he thought of the purpose of the rally at Boise State.

“In bringing this to Boise State is a very big deal because being an institution that involves a lot of people from different countries, cities and states,” Eze said. “It’s truly going to help show the fight that Martin Luther King Jr. fought for racial equality and to show that people have the right to be who they are.”

With police barricades providing a path down Captiol Blvd., the Boise community had a chance to witness what the young and aspiring of Boise State were up too. In a sea of signs that varied from the extravagant to the simple, along with hot beverages in hand, Boise State students marched proudly before their community.

Danielle Naomi Johnson, graduate student, described what it meant to be part of this annual event. She spoke of the importance of numbers and attendance in promoting the Martin Luther King Jr. legacy at Boise State. She went into depth regarding this legacy and why it is still relevant in modern times as well as Idaho.

“I think in Idaho particularly we need a little extra help, we are a little bit behind in the times. I mean look around,” Johnson said. “We can use as much inspiration as possible.”

With the Spring 2014 semester looming, the MLK March and Rally represents a time of transition and remembrance for students to take to heart the legacy of MLK before they
resume reinvigorated quests towards acquiring knowledge. The Boise State Living Legacy Committee brought  the chance to experience what it meant to be part of a legacy that has stood the test of time.

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Lance Moore

Lance Moore is a Communication major with an emphasis in Media Studies, as well as a Minor in Political Science. He started at The Arbiter as a writer for the A&E section one year ago. After a year off, he came back this time as the big dog, Arts and Entertainment Editor, with big ideas and a great vision for his section. A jack of all trades, Lance is not only a talented writer/editor, but he is a recipient of the prestigious Coca Cola National Scholarship for Academics and Community Service. Lance spends his free time wooing the ladies with his ballroom dancing skills and also enjoys playing soccer and going to the Rec. Bringing him to a whole another level of awesome, Lance has dual citizenship in the United States and in Argentina, where he lived for a short time as a child. His Argentinian roots sparked his love of soccer and his curiosity towards other cultures. Catch him on air at BSUPulse.com for his international music hour "Culture Grooves" and for his soccer talk show with Michael Steen called, "The Set Piece". Follow him on the Twitter @Lancemoore07