2019 Banquet information will appear late 2018

Human Rights Banquet - Keynotes

 

The KCTFHR established an annual human right banquet beginning in 1998 that each year features a keynote speaker, presentation of civil rights awards, and using a portion of the banquet profits for annual minority student scholarships at North Idaho College. The banquet attendees have ranged from 300 to 520 each year totaling more than 8,000 as of the 2018 banquet.

 

Listed below are the names and titles of the keynoters for the past 21-years:

 

Year 1998

Idaho Governor Phil Batt

 

Year 1999

Dr. Clay Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson; Ms. Suzan Jarvis portraying Eleanor Roosevelt; and Dr. Henry William Fritz portraying President Abraham Lincoln. The three academic scholars are well-known Chautauqua performers.

 

Year 2000

Jimmie Lucas Chautauqua performer portraying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Year 2001

Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center

 

Year 2002

Ms. Parvin Darabi, critic of the Iranian Government, lecturer and author

 

Year 2003

Mike McGavick, CEO of SAFECO

 

Year 2004

United States Senator Mike Crapo (R) of Idaho

 

Year 2005

Ms. Debbie Bird, Diversity officer of SAFECO

 

Year 2006

Jim Hood. (D) Mississippi Attorney General

 

Year 2007

Francis Bok, author of book detailing his years as a slave in Sudan

 

Year 2008

Gregory C. Carr, founder of the Gregory C. Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University

 

Year 2009

Reginald Weaver, former President of the National Education Association

 

Year 2010

Ms. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

Year 2011

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

 

Year 2012

Jiani Yang, a dissenter and former political prisoner in The Peoples Republic of China

 

Year 2013

Dr. Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch

 

Year 2014

Bruce Reed, former advisor to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and former Chief-of-Staff to Vice-President Joe

Biden

 

Year 2015

Doug Echols, Mayor of Rock Hill, South Carolina

 

Year 2016

John Stocks, Executive Director of the National Education Association & former Idaho State Senator

 

Year 2017

Phil Tyler, former president of the Spokane Chapter of NAACP

 

Year 2018

Dr. Raymond Reyes, Gonzaga University Associate Academic VP & Chief Diversity Officer

 

NOTE: The title held by the speaker at the time of the banquet may no longer be the case.