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.
- 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
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