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Include Martin Luther King Jr. Events in Spring Curricula; Encourage Students to Enter Essay Contest

By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
November 14, 2007


Michael Eric Dyson will deliver the commemorative address

For the 18th consecutive year UNH will sponsor a series of events celebrating the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The weeklong celebration, beginning Jan. 24, focuses on his work for a free and just democracy. For a complete schedule go to: http://unh.edu/diversity/mlk_celebration.html. Events are free and open to the public.

Photo Art Exhibit: In Search of Democracy: A Refugee Story
Thursday, January 24; 6 p.m.
MUB Strafford Room
The photo exhibit will feature the work of students from UNH, McIntosh College, and the NH Institute of Art as they introduce six refugee families. Photos, individual stories, a description of the conflict in the country the refugee has fled, and artist statements will be on display.

MLK Spiritual Celebration: Soul and Spirit of Democracy
Sunday, January 27; 4 p.m.
St George's Episcopal Church, Durham
An inter-faith celebration that affirms, supports and highlights the spiritual foundation that Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to his work and life. It will include song, drumming, Chautauqua presentations, music, poetry, dance, words and candle lighting in remembrance and a pledge for action from people of all ages and traditions.

Educational Panel: The Rap on Democracy: Culture, Power, and Social Change
Tuesday, January 29; 12:30-2 p.m.
MUB Strafford Room
The panel discussion will examine the radical implications of King's legacy for American democracy today. The panel will consider the radical legacy through the politics of rap, women-centered politics at UNH, and political work in NH's communities and legislature.
Panel members:

  • Reginal Wilburn, moderator
  • Michael Eric Dyson, social analyst, hip-hop intellectual, author and professor
  • Harvard Sitkoff, professor of history, UNH
  • Jackie Weatherspoon, NH legislator
  • Cait Vaughan, senior at UNH, member of Women's Union

For a bio of Michael Eric Dyson and a suggested reading list go to http://unh.edu/diversity/mlk_celebration.html

Keynote address: "Dr. King for the 21st Century"
Tuesday, January 29; 7-8:30 p.m.
PCAC Johnson Theatre

Michael Eric Dyson, social analyst, hip-hop intellectual, ordained minister, two-time NAACP Image Award winner and Georgetown University professor, will deliver the Commemorative Address. Dyson is the author of more than a dozen books including: “Debating Race”, “Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster”, “Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur”, “Is Bill Cosby Right?”, and “I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.”

"Act Now" A Campus Activism Fair in Support of Local Refugee and Immigrant Populations
Thursday, January 31; 12-3 p.m.
MUB Granite State Room
The fair seeks to not only raise awareness around the global plight of refugee and immigrant populations - particularly those resettling in the local area--but to also provide student and community activists a chance to explore a range of service opportunities that are in direct support of the refugee and immigrant populations of New Hampshire.

2008 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Essay Contest: "What Would Make You Start a Revolution?"
In conjunction with the themes of the celebration and Dyson's keynote address about the radicalism of MLK Jr., we ask the contestants to answer the following questions: What would make you start a revolution? What is a revolution? How would you start a revolution? Is there anything essential to revolution?

Who may enter: Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UNH. Current students may submit an original piece that is either unique to the contest or originally written as a class assignment.

Criteria: Essay is to be no more than 500 words. Students must reference at least one work by keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson. Essays will be judged on originality, creativity, clarity, organization, relevance to the question's theme, grasp of the English language, overall affect.

Prizes: 1st place: $250, 2nd place: $100, 3rd place: $50

Deadline for submissions: Friday, Dec.7. Essays are to be submitted to Lesley Rains, in Huddleston Hall, Rm 322, or via e-mail to Lesley Rains


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