Idaho Human Rights Day! Every year during the month of May, we commemorate the establishment of the United States of America. On this special day of recognition and pride, we are reminded that we are still part of America’s greatest melting pot. Our diversity is an asset, and it serves as a strength for our nation. Through our laws and traditions, we have come together and made ourselves into one nation, yet still a divided nation – only in sight of each other. This holiday serves as a reminder to us that our nation is not perfect, but that we do strive to improve the condition of all Americans.
Idaho Human Rights Day was created in Idaho in 1970. The goal of this day-established by state Sen. Robert E. Lee, is to celebrate and recognize the human rights of all Idahoans. It is celebrated the same way that other states’ Human Right Celebrations is celebrated. On this special day, people may go to the office of their state attorney general, or they may go to the Office of Idaho’s Consumer Protection Division to enroll in a free lawsuit or complaint education session. Some Idahoans may choose to attend an Idaho Human Rights Day parade, too. On this special day, they can be proud to display their artwork or join other Idahoans in a civil disobedience action.
While no particular reason has yet been identified for why Idaho has determined that its third Monday of January should be called “Idaho’s Human Rights Month”, Idahoans have pointed out that there are certainly a connection between the third Monday in January and the celebration of human rights. For example, the very first week of February is recognized by the state for “conscience days.” There is also a special statutory holiday recognized in Idaho on the fourth Sunday of February, the” Idaho Teacher’s Day.” All of these coincide with “Idaho’s Human Rights Month.”
Idaho Human Rights Day
The first week of February is also when Idaho’s civil rights calendar is introduced. This calendar lists holidays and observances throughout the state. There is also a list of “special public events” which include” Holocaust remembrance events and presentations,” “arts and culture events,” and “film events.” This calendar is designed to provide a general outline of what Idaho civil rights activities are scheduled for any given month. In addition, the state of Idaho publishes a “Idaho Human Rights Day Special Calendar,” which highlights the various civil rights festivals that occur each year, as well as those that are approaching.
Idaho’s” Idaho Human Rights Day” is celebrated on the second Monday of January, annually. The only day that Idaho’s civil rights calendar contains an actual holiday is the third Monday of January. The only other time that Idaho’s civil rights calendar contains an actual holiday is on the fourth Monday of February, when it celebrates “World AIDS Day.” The fourth Monday of February is officially designated “Idaho Human Rights Day.”
The only time that Idaho observes a national holiday that is not recognized by the state is the fourth Monday of December. Although many residents of Idaho do not have a personal connection to the Idaho Immune Deficiency Act or the Bill of Rights, they still associate the state with one of these important federal civil rights laws. On this day, every Idaho resident is granted the right to vote. Idaho also recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with the awarding of a silver statue in Idaho. All in all, Idaho’s residents celebrate this special federal holiday by showing their gratitude to all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, age, or disability. Hopefully Idaho will continue to grow as a progressive and tolerant community, always recognizing the importance of treating everyone well.