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MLK Living Legacy Celebration Events 2022

Due to the rise of COVID cases in the community, we have made the difficult decision to shift all MLK Living Legacy Celebration activities online.

Charles M. Blow

MLK Keynote: “Discerning Facts from Fiction is a Demand of Freedom” Moderated Discussion

View the MLK Keynote recording by clicking on this link.

Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, where his column appears on Mondays and Thursdays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator and was a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he taught a seminar on media and politics.

Mr. Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.”

Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. In that role, he led The Times to a best of show award from the Society for News Design for The Times’ information graphics coverage of 9/11, the first time the award had been given for graphics coverage. He also led the paper to its first two best of show awards from the Malofiej Infographics World Summit for work that included coverage of the Iraq war. He then went on to become the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Blow had worked at The Detroit News.

He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.


MLK Living Legacy Committee Hosted Workshop Featuring Tai Simpson

Tai Simpson

Wednesday, January 19 | 6 p.m.

Tai Simpson is “The Storyteller” in the indigenous language of the Nimiipuu nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho). She lives and works in the Boise, Idaho area. Her insight into politics and social justice work are invaluable in schools, business events, and community leadership.

She is a direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe and a tireless advocate for social justice. Tai’s academic background is in Political Philosophy & Public Law at Boise State University where she served as the vice president and president of the Intertribal Native Council student organization. In the community, she serves as an organizer and social change advocate.

Tai believes indigenous “old ways” need to come back in style. The old ways are principles on which many indigenous communities build their social and political narratives. As an anti-racism activist and community leader, she uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to depict the lens of “old ways” and how it is used to protect the sacred, build strength in the community, and keep nature in balance.

She speaks with authentic conviction on issues afflicting marginalized communities including race, Missing & Murdered Indigenous women, and the intersections of oppression facing the United States. Her appearances and interviews can be heard or read on Boise State Public Radio, TEDxBoise, and several news outlets.

Join Tai as she explores and reacts to this year’s MLK Celebration theme: Discerning Facts from Fiction is a Demand of Freedom


“How to Become an Anti-Racist” featuring Dr. Keith Anderson

Dr. Keith L. Anderson

Thursday, January 20 | 6 p.m.

Join Boise State University’s own Dr. Keith L. Anderson as he walks you through the steps necessary to become an anti-racist. Based on his own work published in “From Racist, to Non-Racist, to Anti-Racist: Becoming Part of the Solution”.

Keith Anderson was born in Cleveland, Ohio (1956). He was raised in Vallejo, California and attended Vallejo Junior and Vallejo Senior High Schools where he lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track. He received all-city and all-conference honors in football. He then attended Solano Community College and majored in journalism, while playing football and again received all conference honors. After finishing at Solano Community College, he received a scholarship to play football at Boise State University. In 1977 Boise State University’s football team won the 1977 Big Sky Football Championship. Upon graduating from Boise State University, Anderson went on to Utah State University School of Graduate Studies on the Martin Luther King Fellowship Award. Following graduate school, he became an Adjunct Speech Communication Instructor at Boise State University (18 years). In 2006 he received a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho, Boise Campus. He has written 2 books and three movies.

To learn more, visit his exhaustive online resource: