MLK Celebration 2014

24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebratory Events

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly."— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Complex Roots: Intertwining Identities

The goal of the 2014 MLK Celebration is to engage members of the campus and local community in conversations that recognize the diversity of experiences and viewpoints of people with intersecting identities, such as those who identify as inter-racial, inter-cultural or of mixed religious background.  As we seek to live Dr. King's legacy, we seek to broaden our understandings of the intricacies of our roots.   U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will deliver a Commemorative presentation.


Schedule of Events

MLK Commemorative Presentation 2014

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Johnson Theater, Paul Creative Arts Center

NOTE: Due to weather cancellation, this event is being rescheduled to take place in February 2015

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will deliver a commemorative presentation. Ms Trethewey's presentation provides new experiences and viewpoints on difference. She 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 that explore 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.


A book signing with Natasha Trethewey will take place immediate following the MLK Presentation in the Art Gallery at PCAC.  All are welcome to attend.

MLK Conversation Forum 2014

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:40pm - 2:00pm
MUB Strafford Room

NOTE: Due to cancellation, this event is being rescheduled to take place in February 2015

"There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate."
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Changing the World: One Poem at a Time
U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey joins Delia Konzett and David Kaye of the UNH faculty, in a conversation on using the arts as a tool for understanding difference and as a catalyst to explore complex topics such as race.  How do the arts open us to new voices, viewpoints and experiences? How do they propel us to wade deeper into issues of identity? How do they help us become more inclusive?


Spiritual Celebration 2014

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Durham Community Church, Main Street, Durham

A Spiritual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
An inter-faith, interactive artistic and moving celebration of life, legacy and continued vision of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. in song, poetry, word and prayer/meditation.  Our featured speaker will be Reverend Doctor Mary Westfall, Senior Pastor of the Community Church of Durham, and long time activist and spiritual force in New Hampshire and the nation.  Also speaking will be UNH students Andres Mejia, Jemmel Billingslea, Emily Dickman, and others. Music will be provided by Maiden Harmony with UNH alum, Marcela Cruz.  All are welcome!

MLK Activism Roundtable Discussion 2014

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Strafford Room, MUB

"Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet", Alice Walker

Walking the Walk: Intersections of Food Insecurity and Food Justice

Hear from UNH social justice activists and join roundtable discussions on fair food distribution.  Discover the power of UNH student orgs taking steps for food justice over barriers of race, poverty and power imbalance.


The Pass It On Project

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
MUB Theater II

Meet the co-producer Kalim Armstrong, and teacher Audrey Harris, who helped create the documentaryThe Pass it On Project.  The film documents the semester-long preparations and follows the students as they leave the familiar environments of school and home to embark on this transformative journey. It presents an alternative to textbook learning that demonstrates the transformative potential of engaging students in authentic learning experiences; especially with regard to history and social activism.  Told through the eyes of the students and teachers, interwoven with first-person accounts from surviving Civil Rights heroes, this coming of age story explores issues of education, race, and social justice through characters that span three generations.  For more information on the film (click here). 

Lee Daniels, presented by MUB Lecture Series

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
MUB Granite State Room

Lee Daniels, the Director and Producer of "The Butler" and "Precious" and producer of "Monster's Ball",  will be on campus as a featured speaker for the MUB Lecture Series.  Mr. Daniels will speak about his road to box office triumph and breaking ground as an African American director/actor in Hollywood.

Butler posterFilm Screening - view the real-life story of White House Butler Eugene Allen, who served eight U.S. Presidents and witnessed the effects of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War in his own life, his workplace and American society.  Special screenings of the film "The Butler" will be shown in MUB Theater II
Feb 6, 7, 8, 9
: 6:30pm and 9:15pm
Feb 10: 3:00pm and 5:45pm
The film is rated PG13 and is 132 minutes in length, Ticket info (click here)

MLK Events Sponsored By:

Black Student Union, Center for Humanities, Class of 1954 Academic Enrichment Fund, College of Liberal Arts, Community Church of Durham, Counseling Center, Department of Education, Department of English, Department of Music, Discovery Program, Diversity Support Coalition, Graduate School, Health Services, Memorial Union, Memorial Union Student Organization (MUSO), MOSAICO, Office of Affirmative Action & Equity, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Office of the President, Office of Provost, Peter T. Paul School of Business, President's Commission on the Status of People of Color, Race and Ethnic Studies, Residential Life, University Events and Programs, UNH Chaplain's Association, United Campus Ministry, Waysmeet Center, Women's Studies

 NOTE: If UNH is curtailed during any of the above listed dates/times, then the program/event listed during this period will also be cancelled.  Curtailment decisions (regarding closures and delayed openings) can be found by calling TEL # 862-0000 or by viewing the storm information web page

FOR QUESTIONS OR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ALL EVENTS  TEL # 603-862-1058 or Contact Email: Sylvia Foster or  Email: Janice Pierson

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