It’s kinda fun being an armchair expert on a subject for a day. At least, I enjoy learning new things and trying to make myself as knowledgable as possible before I write a story.
This simple preview of local Martin Luther King Jr. day events was no exception.
Here’s a few “Did ya knows” that didn’t make it into the story:
- In Idaho it’s not just Martin Luther King Jr. day. It’s Civil Rights Day. Schools have the opportunity to address either or both.
- Walking down the street in Idaho, you have less than a 0.08 percent chance of seeing someone who is black. That means that (outside of ISU) about 400 African Americans call Pocatello home.
- The local NAACP has marched through Pocatello on Martin Luther King Jr. day for the past several years, remaking the famous August 1968 March on Washington with only a handful of people.
- Their march is both important and courageous. Idaho is home to about nine active Aryan Nations hate groups and the Northwest region is a hot bed for skinhead, Neo-Nazi and other extremist groups with 28 different groups active across the region.