Boise Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb and three Idahoans who attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, will speak at noon Wednesday to celebrate the historic moment.
The event is set for noon at the Anne Frank Memorial, on the Greenbelt just south of the main Boise Public Library at Capitol Boulevard and River Street. Boise State students plan to walk from campus to the memorial, meeting at the quad 11:40 a.m.
Boiseans Yvonne McCoy, Jack Owens and Karl Shurliff will recall their experiences as participants. McCoy was a 15-year-old whose family moved from Virginia to New Jersey to get away from segregation. Owens, then 19, was a student at Oberlin College and the son and grandson of high-ranking labor leaders. Shurtliff was working at the U.S. Post Office, before he returned to Idaho for law school. His first job out of school was working in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.
In Wednesday’s Statesman, I’ll have a story about the reflections of McCoy, Owens and Shurtliff.
The Boise celebration will last about an hour and include a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The event is free and open to the public. For information, call organizer Thomas Rogers at 949-7807.