MLK Celebration 2015

25th 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.

And Still I Rise

The goal of the 2015 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.   19th Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will deliver the Commemorative presentation.


Schedule of Events

MLK Commemorative Presentation 2015

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Johnson Theater, Paul Creative Arts Center

19th Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will deliver the 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 - Changing the World One Poem at a Time

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:45pm - 2:00pm
MUB Strafford Room

"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.

19th Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey joins Prof. Delia Konzett and Prof. 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 2015

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Durham Community Church, Main Street, Durham

A Spiritual Celebration 


This year's theme is "Visions of Justice: a reflective celebration of the spiritual, social, and emotional aspects of justice seeking and the ways that Dr. King's vision continues to inspire and challenge us." This is an inter-faith, interactive artistic and moving celebration of life, legacy and continued vision of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through song, poetry, words and prayer/meditation.   All are welcome!

Kane Smego - Exploring the Power of Stories and Voice as Tools for Self-transformation

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
MUB Strafford Rm

Kane "Novakane" Smego, is a nationally-recognized spoken word poet and artistic director of Sacrificial Poets. Hear about the power of Kane's use of spoken word poetry as tools for self-transformation and community engagement.   Learn more about “finding your voice” by exploring your identity, understanding the historical context and power of the oral tradition, and the use of poetry as a tool for therapy and healing, conflict resolution and non-violent resistance. Learn more YouTube videos of Kane Smego.  This event is part of MUB Lecture Series.

Writing Workshop

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Hamilton Smith, Rm 101

Kane Smego will lead a workshop on Spoken Word. Learn how to write poetry that can be used as a tool for healing, engaging community and resolving conflict.  All are welcome.

Identities, Language and Taking Action

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:30pm
MUB Rm 156

A panel of students and staff will tackle the following questions: Who has the power to name us? How does language feed into bias and systems of oppression? How do we respond to hate/bias on social media and improve campus life for all?

Keep on Walkin

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center (PCAC)

Winner of the Anna Zornio Playwriting Award, Keep on Walkin' follows the story of two young girls that became pen pals by chance in the late '50s during the throes of the civil rights movement. Watch as they confront their own perception of racism and learn that even if they look different on the outside, they have more in common then they ever could have imagined.

Theater dates/times
Feb 18, 7pm
Feb 19, and Feb 20, 10:00am & 7:00pm
Feb 21, 7:00pm, Feb 22, 2:00pm

$12.00: General Public
$8.00: UNH ID/Seniors/Group 15+/Youth (17 and under)

MLK Leadership Summit

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 4:30pm - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 4:00pm

February 20-22, 2015

The MLK Leadership Summit is a three day leadership-development institute for students. The Summit is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) with additional support from other offices across campus. Participants in the MLK Summit will have the opportunity to examine and develop their own leadership potential within a multicultural context.  This retreat is FREE to all full-time undergraduates who are interested in gaining a better understanding of diversity and working toward social justice on the UNH campus and beyond!  For more information and applicaiton information go to the OMSA site - deadline to apply is February 4th.

MLK Events Sponsored By:

Black Student Union, Center for Humanities, Center for Global, Race and Diversity Studies, 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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