© 2012 Idaho Press-Tribune
NAMPA — Current human rights issues in Idaho will come into focus Monday when Idaho Public Television writer-producer Marcia Franklin moderates her documentary film “The Color of Conscience.” The presentation is the centerpiece of this year’s Human Rights Day event to be held at the Nampa Civic Center.
“The Color of Conscience” is an hour-long Idaho Public Television documentary that looks at the development of the modern human rights movement in Idaho. It features the story of a small group of concerned citizens who fought against the Aryan Nations, ultimately bankrupting the neo-Nazi supremacist group in northern Idaho. The program also examines some of the current human rights issues in the state such as gay rights, immigrant rights and hate crimes.
Franklin will moderate and answer questions after Monday’s screening.
The Nampa Civic Center, in collaboration with leadership students from Nampa High School, will present this special event. It marks the 10th year that the Civic Center has brought the event to the community as a vehicle to celebrate culture, community and human rights.
Local community volunteer and human rights activist Vernell Crumbaugh will lead attendees in singing and share her experiences growing up African American in Idaho. The renowned Ballet Folklorico also will perform, along with other local entertainers.
Last year the Civic Center mentored a group of youth from Nampa High School’s leadership class, taught by Dustin Ainsworth. They sought new ideas and ways to continue to hold the Human Rights Day event on a limited budget. They met at the Civic Center and put together several ideas, one of which was to change from a luncheon to an open event where everyone could participate. This year’s class chose to continue the tradition, but with a few changes to the schedule.
The second change to this year’s event is the partnership with Idaho Public Television. After viewing the documentary “The Color of Conscience,” the students decided to incorporate it into the event.
About the moderator
Marcia Franklin has been a producer and host at Idaho Public Television since 1990. Currently she is the lead producer and a host of “Dialogue,” a statewide public affairs program in its 18th season. She is also a producer for “Outdoor Idaho” and has produced special documentaries, including “Barbara Morgan: No Limits,” “Hearts and Minds: Teens and Mental Illness,” “In Our Own Voice,” “From Idaho to Iran” and “The Color of Conscience.”
Franklin is also the past managing editor of “Idaho Reports,” the station’s legislative program.
In her more than 20-year career with IdahoPTV, Franklin programs have received numerous awards, including three regional Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award. She is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, the “Women of Today and Tomorrow” Award from the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage and the “Women Making History” Award from the Women’s Center at Boise State University.
She is the current president of the City Club of Boise and a founding board member of the civic, non-partisan organization. Franklin became a “Big Sister” in 1994 and is still very close to her “Little,” who is now almost 26 years old.
Franklin has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University.