IDAHO — February marks Black History Month, and several virtual events are happening locally.
Inclusive Idaho, a non-profit organization, will be presenting inclusive conversation episodes. One of their highlights will be a virtual discussion with Bree Newsome on Feb 9.
Newsome will speak about racial justice and the importance of activism. Other activities scheduled throughout the month will include a group hike following COVID-19 guidelines.
Organizers hope their events would provide an opportunity to get community members to engage and celebrate Black History Month.
"Sometimes there are events for Black History month in Idaho. We don't feel like they have been to the level that they could be. That's our goal to really showcase, provide an avenue, a platform. To people to show up, our banner says celebrate, learn, grow that's what we want people to celebrate end learn more. Hopefully, that continues their growth," said Whitney Mestelle, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Inclusive Idaho.
The organization also provides a community impact and resource guide to showcase emerging local voices and educational material.
"This year is to bring awareness, bring celebrations and have everybody take an active role in participating within both in learning, engaging, and learning about a community that is growing and thriving in Idaho," said Austin Foudy, Director of Community Outreach and Volunteers.