MLK Programs & Events

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Mural detail: Water Writes Colombia, artists: Bastardilla, Ark, Noble and Yoshi, a Project of Estria Foundation

27th annual UNH Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute, "Art as Resistance and Remembrance," examining justice through the arts.

MLK said "We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple act of living together." This year's tribute to MLK will focus on the use of arts to help us engage in a culture of compassion and awaken us to solidarity and liberation.

Statue at Portsmouth Burial Grounds

Shadows Fall North, film followed by discussion
Wed, Feb 1, 2017, 6-8pm
MUB Theater II

Produced by The UNH Center for the Humanities, in collaboration with Atlantic Media Productions,  Shadows Fall North traces the discovery of the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth and asks what it is like for persons of color living in NH today, long after the era of slavery.  For more information on documentary

Wildcat Agents of Change: A Snapshot
Wed, Feb 8, 6-6:45pm
MUB Wall area, (3rd floor, near Info Desk)

After the unveiling of the wall, Wildcat alum will discuss key changes that have been made on campus that impact college culture.  Hot Chocolate reception to follow.

Day of Service
Sat, Feb 11, 10am-1pm
MUB Rm 334-336 and 338/340

The Rev. Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"  We will be honoring his vision by hosting numerous projects benefiting the greater community.  Event sponsored by Office of Community Service and Learning.

Just Because We're Magic:  Creative Writing Workshop on Liberation
Wed, Feb 15, 3:30-5pm
MUB Theater II

Using science fiction as a form of creative resistance, participants will learn how to produce short fiction, indulging the imagination to tell stories of victory over systems of oppression.  Word artists Janae Johnson and Porsha O, will facilitate this workshop.

Action through Art: A Call to Action in Spoken Word Poetry with Janae Johnson and Porsha O.
Wed, Feb 15, 7-8:00pm
Q & A to follow
MUB Strafford Rm

Readings and discussion with World Poetry Slam Champions Porsha Olayiwola  and Janae Johnson.  More info on speakers

Spiritual Celebration - Honoring Unsung Heroes
Sunday, Feb 19, 4-5:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 30 Madbury Rd, Durham

Through music, poetry and reflection, our 2017 inter-faith spiritual celebration remembers those who have worked to bring us justice yet are often made invisible.  Bring names of your heroes; come honor them with us and join a meditation on the lives of those who have resisted oppression and worked for the right of all to be treated with dignity and respect.

Free Hugs - Ken Nwadike
Ken Nwadike

Ken Nwadike "Free Hugs Project"
Wed, Feb 22, 7-8:00pm
Q & A to follow
MUB Strafford Rm

Ken Nwadike, CEO of Superhero Events, is continuing the nonviolent movement of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with his mission of the Free Hugs Project to spread love, inspire change and raise awareness of social issues.  A homeless person in high school, Ken ran track and made the most of his experience.  Now he's paying it forward by fundrasing for other homeless student athletes. More info about the project

Note: all events mentioned above are open to students, staff, faculty and area residents and are free of charge.

Request for ASL interpreter requires two week notice.  If you have a disability requiring accommodations, please call (603) 862-2607  for assistance TTY: 800-735-2964 or 7-1-1. 

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Center for Humanities, Discovery Program, Diversity Student Support Coalition, Graduate School, Office of Affirmative Action & Equity, Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, Office of Community Service and Learning, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, MUB Current Lecture Series, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, President's Commission on the Status of People of Color and Social Justice Leadership Project.

Additional Supporters:

Durham Community Church, Chaplain's Association, Counseling Center, COLA, Communications and Public Affairs, Department of Education, Department of Music, Freedom Cafe, Health Services, Waysmeet Center