Boiseans to celebrate 50th anniversary of ‘I Have a Dream’ Wednesday

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.

 

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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