‘Day of Unity’ to celebrate first NAACP chapter opening in Kootenai County

Community members gather for Day of Unity

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — An NAACP chapter opened for the first time in Kootenai County on Saturday, marking a victory for North Idaho civil rights activists.

The chapter’s opening was honored during the “Day of Unity,” an event organized by TOC Diversity Resource to celebrate Black History Month.

Speaking at the event is Idaho Democrat Paulette Jordan, who announced her campaign to run for U.S. Senate earlier this month.

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Jordan is originally from Plummer and is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. She served in the House as a representative of the 5th Legislative District before running for governor; she was the first Native American woman to run for the role.

During the event, Jordan will lead a discussion on diversity and inclusion in the community, environmental concerns, and plans for the future.

“This is going to take a great deal of work, and that work may not be what you think,” said Jordan. “Often times it’s being who you are on a daily basis and being kind.”

Working as a community was one of the main points made at the event.

It took almost two years and 100 people to open the chapter. Those people promised, as best they could, to help “ensure the political, educational, social and economic quality of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.”