MLK Celebration 2014, "Complex Roots: Intertwining Identities"

MLK Celebration 2014, "Complex Roots: Intertwining Identities"

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Natasha Trethewey

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at UNH, this year titled “Complex Roots: Intertwining Identities” will be held Feb. 5 through Feb. 10. 

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will give the commemorative presentation Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theater. The talk will  focus on new experiences and viewpoints regarding difference. 

Trethewey is the author of four collections of poetry, “Domestic Work”; “Bellocq's Ophelia”; “Native Guard” (for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize); and her most recent book “Thrall”, a collection of poems exploring the historical, cultural and social forces that determine the roles consigned to a mixed race daughter and her white father.  She is also the author of the prose work “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” 

On Thursday, Feb. 6, associate professor of English Delia Konzett and professor of theater David Kaye will join Trethewey for a conversation on using the arts as a tool for understanding difference and as a catalyst to explore complex topics such as race. The discussion will be held from 12:40 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room. 

An inter-faith spiritual celebration is set for Sunday, Feb. 9, from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Durham Community Church on Main Street. This is a spirited gathering presenting powerful messages through song, spoken word, music, poetry and reflection, with special musical guests.  All are welcome. 

A roundtable discussion on activism will wrap up the celebration Monday, Feb. 10 from 12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room. “Walking the Walk: Intersections of Food Insecurity and Food Justice” will look at how food insecurity intersects with racism, poverty, power imbalance and more. Hear from UNH social justice activists and join roundtable discussions on fair food distribution.  

Additional information on the 2014 MLK Celebration can be read here.