UNH Celebrates Martin Luther
King Jr. Jan. 22-26
Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations
Jan. 10, 2005
Editors, New Directors: We are re-issuing this press release
as a panel discussion on Jan. 26 “Student Leadership
and Activism: Voice and Action” has been added to the public
events for UNH’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The event
takes place from 2-4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building’s
If reporters are interested in a telephone interview with Kevin
Powell, the keynote speaker, before he arrives in NH, please contact
Denise Hart at 862-1462.
DURHAM, N.H.— Kevin Powell, journalist, poet, hip-hop historian
and community activist, is the keynote speaker at the University
of New Hampshire’s 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
Jan. 26. This year’s three-day celebration focuses on the
theme “Each one, reach one: to act, inspire, and lead,”
kicking off with a student activism conference Jan. 22.
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.
“We are challenging members of the extended UNH community
to venture beyond remembrance and celebration to asking how we can
carry on Dr. King’s work for social justice, community service
and respect for all people,” says Irene Kao, multicultural
coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and
chair of the celebration planning committee.
The celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. includes:
Jan. 22: 1st Annual Service and Activism Conference, Memorial
Union Building Strafford Room, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The conference
is oriented towards students and will explore pathways in community
participation and how to be a change agent. For more information
Jan. 25: Candlelight Vigil, Lawn outside Health Services,
6 p.m.; Spiritual Celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther
King Jr., Community Church of Durham, 6:30-8 p.m.
Jan. 26: Student Leadership and Activism: Voice and Action
Panel Discussion featuring Kevin Powell, faculty and students, 2-4
p.m., Memorial Union Building, Strafford Room. A reading packet
is available online at the celebration’s website (see below).;
Keynote address: Kevin Powell, 7 p.m., Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative
Arts Center at the UNH Durham campus. The UNH Diversity Team and
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee will present the second
annual Social Justice Awards, followed by a reception and book-signing
with Powell in The Art Gallery.
For updated information about the event visit: www.unh.edu/insidescoop/mlk
or call Irene Kao at 862-5053.