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Idaho Human Rights Day in United States

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Idaho Human Rights Day is a state holiday in Idaho, the United States, on the third Monday of January.

Local names

NameLanguage
Idaho Human Rights DayEnglish
Día de Los Derechos Humanos en IdahoSpanish
יום זכויות אדם איידהוHebrew
يوم ايداهو حقوق الإنسانArabic
아이다 호 인권의 날Korean
Tag der Menschenrechte in IdahoGerman

Idaho Human Rights Day 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Idaho Human Rights Day 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015
List of dates for other years

Idaho Human Rights Day, also known as Martin Luther King Jr – Idaho Human Rights Day, is a state holiday in Idaho, the United States, on the third Monday of January. It focuses on human rights while embracing diversity. It also honors Martin Luther King Jr, an American civil rights leader.

"The Stone Of Hope" memorial by master sculpture Lei Yixin was opened to the public in West Potomac Park, Washington DC, on August 22, 2011.

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What do people do?

Some people celebrate Idaho Human Rights Day/Martin Luther King Day with candlelight parades, music, and speeches. Tributes to human rights activities, including Martin Luther King Jr, are published in newspapers, magazines, and online. Television and radio programs also make a special mention about the meaning of the day.

Public events on Idaho Human Rights Day may include art exhibits, rallies, and poetry readings based on human rights, civil rights, justice and equality issues. Idaho’s governor annually makes a proclamation on this day to encourage people to celebrate diversity and its impact on the state’s history and future.

Some church or civil rights groups organize gatherings where people can listen to Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which was about Dr King’s dreams for a harmonious future for humankind.

Public Life

Idaho Human Rights Day is a public holiday in Idaho so schools, universities, government offices, and many businesses are closed. Those who plan to use public transport on the day may need to check with their local transport authorities. The third Monday of January is a postal holiday in the United States.

Background

Like many other countries and states, Idaho has had its struggles with prejudice and human rights, including racial segregation and influences from groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, that acted against diversity and unity. However, Idaho has made major moves towards honoring the dreams of many human rights activists, such as Martin Luther King Jr, in recent times.

The Idaho Legislature enacted a law that established the third Monday of January as a legal state holiday known as Martin Luther King Jr – Idaho Human Rights Day in 1990. This holiday embraces the federal holiday, Martin Luther King Day, celebrated on the same day. The state holiday was created to give people the chance to participate in honoring Dr King on the third Monday of January.

Idaho Human Rights Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonJan 211991Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 201992Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 181993Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 171994Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 161995Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 151996Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 201997Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 191998Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 181999Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 172000Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 152001Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 212002Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 202003Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 192004Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 172005Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 162006Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 152007Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 212008Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 192009Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 182010Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 172011Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 162012Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 212013Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 202014Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 192015Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 182016Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 162017Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 152018Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 212019Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
MonJan 202020Idaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho

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