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THEME: Complex Roots: Intertwining Identities
February 5 - 12, 2014
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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.


MLK Commemorative Address (MLK CELEBRATION EVENT)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
7:00 - 8:30pm, Paul Creative Arts Center, Johnson Theatre

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.
Nyomi Guzman, a UNH Senior, will be the student host for this program.


Thursday, February 6, 2014
12:40 - 2:00pm, Memorial Union Building, Strafford Room

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 (MLK CELEBRATION EVENT)
Sunday, February 9, 2014
4:00 - 5:30pm, Durham Community Church, Main Street, Durham
Breaking the Ties that Bind: A Spiritual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The University of New Hampshire's inter-faith spiritual celebration affirms supports and highlights the spiritual foundation that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to his work and life. This interactive celebration pays homage to persons from diverse religions and identities who believe in the power vested in humankind to challenge physical, spiritual and psychological bondage, and free us from our figurative and literal prisons in ways that are hopeful, healing and restorative. This is a spirited gathering presenting powerful messages through song, spoken word, music, poetry and reflection, with special musical guests. All are welcome!


MLK Activism Roundtable Discussion (MLK CELEBRATION EVENT)
Monday, February 10, 2014
12:45 - 2:00pm, Memorial Union Building, Strafford Room
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.


Lee Daniels, presented by MUB Lecture Series (MLK CELEBRATION EVENT)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
7:00pm, Memorial Union Building, Granite State Room

Lee Daniels, the Director and Producer of "The Butler", "Precious" and "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.
Film 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 at 6:30pm and 9:15pm
Feb 10: 3:00pm and 5:45pm
The film is rated PG13 and is 132 minutes in length.


13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Summit
Friday, February 21 - Sunday, February 23, 2014
Named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the MLK Leadership Summit is a two and a half day leadership development institute that allows students to build multicultural competencies and to expand their understanding of leadership and community activism through a social justice lens. This retreat is FREE and open 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! Participants in the MLK Summit have the opportunity to examine and develop their own leadership potential within a multicultural context. The MLK Summit is an excellent opportunity for students to create a greater sense of community, explore critical issues related to social inequality, and expand their own potential for multicultural leadership in a safe environment that promotes growth, reflection, community building, and honest dialogue. **You can only attend the MLK Summit once.** For more information, email Otis Douce. Apply online: Application Deadline is 2/5/14 (Space is limited).

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