Past Speakers

In the past, the Boise State University Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration has featured internationally known keynote speakers and human rights advocates such as Dr. Cornel West, Nikki Giovanni, and Martin Luther King III.

2014 – Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr.
2014 – Dolores Huerta
2013 – Dr. Tricia Rose
2012 – Tim Wise
2011 – Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles
2010 – Dr. Cornel West, “Back to Basics: Expanding the Dream”
2009 – Rebecca Walker, “The Legacy of Dr. King”
2009 – Patricia Smith, “The Legacy of Dr. King”
2008 – Chief Chadwick Smith, “Economic Development in Rural and Indian Communities”
2008 – Nikki Giovanni, “The Right to Dream”
2007 – Jesse Jackson, “And Justice for $um”
2006 – Charlyane Hunter-Gault, “kNOw hate”
2005 – Martin Luther King III, “Higher Unlearning”
2004 – Nontombi Naomi Tutu, “Different & the Same”
2003 – Danny Glover and William Fletcher, “Free at Last?”
2002 – Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, “Racism: Understand it, Accept it, Defeat it”
2001 – Dr. Angela Y. Davis, “Racist Idaho?”
2000 – Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., “Race and Class in America”
1999 – Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, “Race and Class In America”
1998 – Gloria Anzaldua, “Celebrating Hand in Hand”
1997 – Cornel West, “Embracing Humanity”
1996 – Manning Marable, “Community Empowerment for the 90s and Beyond”
1995 – Alvin Poussaint, “Welcome to a World of Difference”
1994 – Julian Bond, “Confronting Fear and Ignorance”
1993 – Yolanda King, “Creating a Legacy of Understanding”
1992 – Mary Frances Berry, ” …and Justice for All”
1991 – Jaime Escalante, “Hispanic Issues in Idaho”