UNH Celebrates Martin Luther
King Jr. With Address By Kevin Powell, Poet And Journalist March
Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations
Feb. 18, 2005
Editors, New Directors: Kevin Powell, the keynote speaker for
UNH’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2005, will give his
address Wed., March 2 in the Memorial Union Building’s Strafford
Room at 7 p.m. The event is rescheduled from the Jan. 26 date that
was postponed due to weather. Reporters interested in a telephone
interview Kevin Powell prior to the event are asked to contact Denise
Hart at 862-1462.
DURHAM, N.H.— Kevin Powell, journalist, poet, hip-hop historian
and community activist, visits the University of New Hampshire March
2, 2005, to offer his keynote address “Looking for Martin:
Are Dr. Kings’ Dreams Still Relevant?” as part of UNH’s
2005 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
The event takes place in the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union
Building at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Parking is
permitted in UNH lots after 6 p.m. without a permit. The nearest
parking lots to the MUB are Lots C and B; a campus shuttle serves
all the parking areas.
Powell’s earlier appearance, scheduled for Jan. 26, had to
be postponed due to weather.
Powell is the author of six books and has written articles for Vibe,
The New York Times Magazine, Essence and Rolling Stone and appeared
on national television speaking about politics and culture. His
most recent book is Who’s Gonna Take The Weight? Manhood,
Race, and Power in America, an Essence magazine bestseller. He edited
Who Shot Ya? a chronicle of the hip-hop movement as seen through
the lens of photographer Ernie Paniccioli. Powell began his career
as a cast member of MTV’s The Real World in the early 90s.
“The theme of this year’s celebration is “Each
one, reach one: to act, inspire, and lead,” says Irene Kao,
multicultural coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Student
Affairs and chair of the celebration planning committee. “We
are challenging members of the extended UNH community to venture
beyond remembrance and celebration to asking how we can carry on
King’s work for social justice, community service and respect
for all people.”
The UNH Diversity Team and Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee
will present the second annual Social Justice Awards following Powell’s
A reception and book signing with Kevin Powell closes the event.
For updated information about the event visit http://
www.unh.edu/insidescoop/mlk or call Irene Kao at 862-5053.