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City Club Of Boise: Racism In Idaho And Beyond

Morgan Keating
City Club of Boise

In 1964, an assurance of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” was extended to Black America. 56 years have passed awaiting this to become a reality. Having allotted enough time for discussion,  it is time for palpable action. To be sure, housing, economics, jobs, education, and more play a significant role in the racism we see today. Today, millions of people are marching not because of those issues, but rather the issue of continued racist policing practices across the country.


There is nothing new about the racial disparities afflicting America; they are simply no longer being ignored by the majority and those with the power to change the conditions. City Club of Boise will examine the current movement and more importantly how the rights assured 56 years ago have not been afforded to the majority of Black America. Join City Club of Boise for a conversation with panelists who are living this experience and can offer expert analysis:

Sydney Freeman, Jr., Ph.D., is an associate professor of Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership at the University of Idaho. He is a former National Holmes Scholar and has earned professional certifications in the areas of faculty development, online instruction, executive management, and organizational leadership. His research investigates the future of minority serving institutions, the faculty career-cycle, and higher education as a field of study.

Shaakirrah R. Sanders became the first African-American and second person of color to achieve the rank of full professor at the University of Idaho College of Law in 2018. Professor Sanders teaches courses related to U.S. constitutional law and criminal procedure. She previously coached or co-coached the National Moot Court Competition teams in Boise and Moscow. She serves as faculty advisor for the ACS and ACLU Student Law Groups. She previously served as faculty advisor for the Idaho Critical Legal Studies Journal and the Public Interest Law Group.

Tai Simpson is “The Storyteller” in the indigenous language of the Nimiipuu nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho).  She lives and works in the Boise, Idaho area.  Her insight into politics and social justice work are invaluable in schools, business events, and community leadership. She is a direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe and a tireless advocate for social justice. Tai’s academic background is in Political Philosophy & Public Law at Boise State University where she served as the vice president and president of the Intertribal Native Council student organization.  In the community, she serves as an organizer and social change advocate and helped organize the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter rally in Boise, Idaho.

I am a second-generation Idahoan and have worked for BSPR for nearly 25 years. You can hear me on-air as a weekday host on our news station and I oversee operational efforts for our program department. I created the award-winning documentary ‘I Used to Listen to KBSU: An Origin Story’ and I find great pride in helping news and music listeners across our vast broadcast region connect with information and the arts.