Award-winning writer, feminist and hip hop scholar Tricia Rose will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Celebration at Boise State University. She will deliver her address at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition, King’s legacy will be celebrated through several other events, including a march and rally on Monday, Jan. 21. All MLK events are free and open to the public.
For a full list of MLK Living Legacy Celebration events, including a writing slam, a dramatic reading of plays written by young local playwrights and workshops that address values advocated by King, visit mlk.boisestate.edu.
Day of Greatness: 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, SUB Jordan Ballroom
The march and rally begin with poster making from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Participants can meet representatives from local nonprofits and sign up to volunteer for future projects. At 10:40 a.m., marchers will move down Capitol Boulevard toward a rally at the Statehouse. At noon, the State of Idaho will officially recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with speaker Rev. Happy Watkins of New Hope Baptist Church in Spokane, Wash.
Keynote Address: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, SUB Simplot Ballroom
Keynote speaker Tricia Rose is well known for her groundbreaking book “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America.” Considered the foundational text for the study of hip hop, the book has defined what is now an entire field of study.
Rose also wrote “The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop – And Why It Matters.” In this book, Rose argues that hip hop artists are more important than ever in shaping racial and gender images, perceptions and policies. She takes on critics and defenders alike for evading the heart of the issues that surround hip hop today.
Born in New York City, Rose grew up in Harlem and the Bronx. After graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in sociology, she went on to obtain her Ph.D. in American studies from Brown University, where she currently specializes in 20th century African-American culture, politics, social history, art, gender and sexuality.