MLK Programs & Events

UNH 2020 Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

OWN IT: Using Your Power for Change

"Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose.  It is the strength required to bring about social, political, and economic change."  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  (from the "Where Do We Go From Here") address


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Dan Mills: Human Topographies
January 21 - April 4, 2020, PCAC, Museum of Art
Reception: Thurs, Feb 6, 5-7pm, PCAC gallery

Human Topographies presents a narrow slice of the artist’s wide-ranging and decades-long interest in history, exploration, and games and wordplay to investigate networks—networks of power, trade, and migration that underpin societies, nationally and globally. Mills makes luminous and layered paintings and collages about our shared human history utilizing maps and data to expose the legacies of imperialism: war, colonialism, and the forced displacement of people.

Event sponsored by Museum of Art

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Carmen Bradford with the Seacoast Big Band
Mon, Feb 3, 8pm
Paul Creative Arts Center, Johnson Theatre

Carmen Bradford is third generation of incredible musicians. Her grandfather Melvin Moore sang with Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band in the 1940's, and she is the daughter of coronetist/composer Bobby Bradford and jazz vocalist Melba Joyce.   Her albums include "Home With You", "A Very Swinging Basie Christmas", "Big Boss Band", "Finally Yours", and "With Respect".   Carmen Bradford has truly contributed to the preservation of this American art form called jazz.

Event sponsored by UNH Traditional Jazz Series
For tickets and more information

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Yu Yan: Hong Kong Protest
Mon, Feb 3, 5-7pm
Three Chimneys Inn (RSVP required)

Is the ongoing protest in Hong Kong a rupture or continuity from its established tradition? With an introduction of her new book, Crossed Paths: Labor Activism and Colonial Governance in Hong Kong, 1938-1958 (Cornell 2019), Lu Yan, Associate Professor of History, presents the current protest within a wider context and looks into its projection toward the future.
RSVP Tel # 862-4356 or

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Wed, Feb 5, 6:30-8:00pm, MUB Strafford Rm

Evening honoring and celebrating Black excellence and leadership at UNH.  Program hosted by the Black Student Union, will feature spoken word, dance performance by Caribbean Cats, slam poets, readings and other events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy.

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The Niceties
Thurs, Feb 6, Johnson Theatre, PCAC
NOTE: Doors open at 12:15 and close promptly at 12:40 at start of play. Play ends at 2:30pm

The Niceties, brings a timely and important discussion between a student of color and a white professor who meet to discuss her paper on slavery and the American Revolution.  The play written by Eleanor Burgess, offers important insights on race, ageism, historical "facts", and the "why" that can often be left behind. 
Play will be performed by talented actresses from NH Theatre Project.

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Sat, Feb 8, 11am-2pm, meet at MUB Rm 332-340

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

Event sponsored by Civic and Community Engagement office

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Social Justice Educator Training
Wed, Feb 12
8:30am-4:00pm, MUB Rm 164

A professional development opportunity for UNH faculty, staff, and graduate students to further their understanding of social justice and diversity issues. This session will explore social justice via personal and institutional lenses to analyze: power and privilege, discrimination and prejudice, inclusion and equity especially as it relates to one's racial identity .

Register/find out more about this training

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UNH A Cappella Group Performances
Thurs, Feb 13, 8pm, MUB Granite State 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. 

This year's emcee is Spoken Word poet Carlos Andres Gomez.

Event sponsored by MUB Events and Programs

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MLK Spiritual Program
Sun, Feb 16, 3-4:30pm, Community Church of Durham

An afternoon of spiritual celebration at the Community Church of Durham.  Program will include sermons, a presentation on civil rights leaders by local artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, and music to recognize the strength and resilience of the Black community.  All are welcome to attend.

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Speaker David Hogg
Wed, Feb 19, 7pm, MUB Granite State Rm

Gun control advocate and March For Our Lives Co-Founder, David Hogg will speak about his story as survivor of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida school shooting, and his call to all students to find their voice, speak out and engage in change. 

Event sponsored by MUB Talks

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Campus Conversations on Race
Thurs, Feb 20, 12:40-2pm, MUB Rm 330-332

Hosted and designed by TREAT Fellows, join us for this cross-campus conversation with students, faculty and staff on the role power and privilege play here on campus and how we can all begin thinking of ways to leverage our power for change.

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MLK Summit
Feb 21-23, 2020

The MLK Summit is a two and a half day social justice development institute that allows students to build cultural competencies and to expand their understanding of community activism.  The retreat is free and open to all full-time undergraduate students who are interested in gaining a better understanding of diversity and working toward social justice on the UNH campus and beyond. 

Deadline to apply is Dec 9, Click here for application and more info

Event sponsored by Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA)


Black Student Union, Center for Humanities, Civic and Community Engagement office, Community Church of Durham, Community, Equity and Diversity office, Discovery Program, Health and Wellness, MUB Events and Programs, Museum of Art/College of Liberal Arts, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Department of Music  (Traditional Jazz Series), NH Theatre Project, Residential Life, SHARPP