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 beginning in 1998:
Idaho Governor Phil Batt
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.
Jimmie Lucas Chautauqua performer portraying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Ms. Parvin Darabi, critic of the Iranian Government, lecturer and author
Mike McGavick, CEO of SAFECO
United States Senator Mike Crapo (R) of Idaho
Ms. Debbie Bird, Diversity officer of SAFECO
Jim Hood. (D) Mississippi Attorney General
Francis Bok, author of book detailing his years as a slave in Sudan
Gregory C. Carr, founder of the Gregory C. Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University
Ms. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Reginald Weaver, former President of the National Education Association
Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
Jiani Yang, a dissenter and former political prisoner in The Peoples Republic of China
Dr. Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch
Bruce Reed, former advisor to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and former Chief-of-Staff to Vice-President Joe
Doug Echols, Mayor of Rock Hill, South Carolina
John Stocks, Executive Director of the National Education Association & former Idaho State Senator
Phil Tyler, former president of the Spokane Chapter of NAACP
Dr. Raymond Reyes, Gonzaga University Associate Academic VP & Chief Diversity Officer
Cherie Buckner-Webb, Idaho State Senator. Rev. Happy Watkins recited passages of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Year 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)
Dr. Cornell Clayton, Director WSU Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy
and Public service.
Year 2021 & 2022 banquets were canceled due to COVID-19
NOTE: The title held by the speaker at the time of the banquet may no longer be the case.