About the MLK Breakfast

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Human Rights Breakfast


Register for the breakfast HERE.

The Zoom link for the Breakfast will be found HERE (link coming soon.)         Make a donation HERE.

Mail in form to register found HERE.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Human Rights Breakfast is an event sponsored annually by the Latah County Human Rights Task Force since 1994, and will next occur on Saturday January 20, 2024 beginning at 9:30 am at the 1912 Center.

The Breakfast, which is presented with the assistance of community volunteers, consists of a herty hot breakfast, entertainment, awards and guest speakers. Speakers have included Vernon Baker, African American recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor for bravery in World War II; Tammy Schnitzer, coordinator of the “Not in our Town” project in Billings, Montana and nationally syndicated columnist and author, Leonard Pitts. This year’s speaker will be Mario Piles, the Director of the University of Idaho Black/African American Cultural Center.

Each year at the Breakfast, the Rosa Parks Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to human rights in our area is presented to a deserving member of our community, and a Youth Award which recognizes the work of high school and University students. 

While there is no cost to attend this event, this is our major fundraiser for the year, so we encourage you to donate what you can by either visiting our donation page: Click here to make a donation, or mail in the form at the bottom of the page found here: 2024 Breakfast

Attendance will be limited due to space. Please register in advance to help us with our count. Register for the event here at the top of this page.

We will also broadcast the event on Zoom. The link is at the top of this page.

This year’s Featured Speaker: Mario Pile, Director of the University of Idaho Black and African American Cultural Center

Mario Pile, Director of the Black/African American Cultural Center at the University of Idaho, is passionate about education and providing safe spaces for Black students on campus. Mario joined the Air Force in December 2002, eventually bringing him to Idaho in the summer of 2005. He has served a total of 20 years in the military; 6 years active duty and 14 years in the Idaho Air National Guard. Mario earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Mario has a 13-year-old son, Malachi, who is his world.

Mario Pile is an experienced professional who possesses a strong drive for education, leadership, and social advocacy. Throughout his career, he has consistently shown a deep commitment to empowering individuals, specifically the younger generation, to achieve their utmost potential.