MLK Programs & Events

29th Annual UNH Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute - "Now Is The Time"

The time is always right to do what is right.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year's 2019 tribute to MLK will focus on the use of dialogue to help us engage in a culture of compassion and awaken us to solidarity and liberation

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Freedom of Speech: speaker, C.L. Lindsay III
Wed, Jan 30, 7pm, MUB Strafford Rm

Attorney C.L. Lindsay III left his law practice in 1998 and founded the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights (CO-STAR), a non-profit that assists students with their legal problems, free-of-charge.  Lindsay is a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom.  He received his J.D. from the Univ of Michigan and continues to teach Law and Literature at the Univ. of Pennsylvania.

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Sat, Feb 9, 10:30am-1pm, meet at MUB

This is a great way to show those in need that you care.  UNH Civic and Community Engagement office will have list of service-related projects for you to choose from.  Sign up on-line and get involved!

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MLK Spiritual Celebration
Sun, Feb 10, 4:00-5:30pm, Waysmeet Center, Mill Rd

A community celebration of interwoven pasts and accomplishments: how far we've come in justice and how far we must go to achieve justice for all.  Welcome all to a time of music, meditation and the words of representatives from the NH Indigenous People's Collective, placing their connectedness with MLk's work in civil rights.

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UNH A Cappella Group Performances
Fri, Feb 15, 7pm,
MUB Strafford Rm

Several A Cappella groups have organized a special "Spring Inclusion" event with a wide variety of songs that will hopefully widen our circles and invite our minds to reflect on new ways to view our community and the people around us. 

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Film: "The Hate U Give"
Feb, 21, 22, 23
MUB Theater (check screening times)

Based on the best selling book, this is the story of Starr Carter who lives in two worlds, a poor black neighborhood and a predominantly white prep school.  The uneasy balance is thrown when her friend is killed by a police officer. 

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Leah Penniman: "Farming While Black"
Tues, Feb 26, 2019,  7pm-8:30pm
MUB, Granite State Rm

Leah Penniman, founding co-director of Soul Fire Farm, is author of the book "Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation of the Land" is the scheduled speaker for this year's MLK Tribute.  Leah has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002.  The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by Omega Sustainability Leadership Award, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, and others.  Soul Fire Farm, is committed to ending racism and injustice within our food system.  Penniman is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, and ending food apartheid.   More about the book

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The Human Library
Sat, Mar 23, 1-4pm, Oyster River High School library

The Human Library Project is a one-day event offering the opportunity  for face-to-face conversations that challenge sterotyping and prejudice.  Its a place where real people are "books", as they "loan" their stories and experiences to listeners.  Difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered in the moment.  Come and sit with your "book" and discover paths to a more peaceful world. 

3 people sitting in front of room with video screen in backdrop The UNH Experience for Students with Disabilities
Tues, Mar 5, 4-5pm, MUB Theater II


Listen to UNH students tell their stories and share their experiences as they navigate the transition and terrain from high school to college and onward to internships, graduate studies and careers. 

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Indigenous People's Day  / Columbus Day - an Open Forum
Tues, Mar 19, 12:45-2:00pm, HamSmith Rm 210

Who was Columbus? What is the origin of Columbus Day? What was Indigenous people's life like prior to colonial settlemant? What is NH's Indigenous peoples' life like now?  How does this history get reflected in our public education?  
Panelist include: members of the Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective (Denise and Paul Pouliot), Daniel Howard (member of NH Commission on Native American Affairs, Assistant Prof., of Biological Sciences), and Paula Salvio (Prof. and Chair, Department of Education, Affiliate Faculty; Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies)

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Yoav Horesh: Aftermath
UNH Art Gallery exhibit

Jan 24-Mar 31, 2019
Reception, Thurs, Jan 24, 5-7pm, Art Gallery (PCAC)

Yoav Horesh's Aftermath is a selection of photographs made in suicide bombing sites in Israel after the places have been hastily repaired and the destruction has been erased not only from the landscape, but also from the collective memory. In an increasingly desensitized environment of war imagery, we are hardly ever challenged to think about the aftermath.

Community Conversations moderated by Civil Discourse Lab (see flyer for more information):
Wed, Feb 20, 12:10-1pm
Thurs, Mar 7, 6:15-7pm

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21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
April 1-22, 2019

The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge  was originally developed by Dr. Eddie  Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by Food Solutions New England with support from the Interaction Institute for Social Change. The challenge consists of daily email prompts with resources. It is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.  Use this link to sign up for the challenge


Black Student Union, Campus Activities Board (CAB), Civic and Community Engagement office, Community, Equity and Diversity office, Dimond Library, Discovery Program, Memorial Union and Student Activities, Museum of Art/College of Liberal Arts, Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of President, Oyster River School District, Student Accessibility Services, Sustainability Institute, Waysmeet Center.