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2009 Marks 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

December 3, 2008

Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration that runs Jan. 22, 2009 through Feb. 5, 2009.

UC Berkeley professor and internationally known civil rights activist, Angela Davis, will deliver the keynote address during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration that runs Jan. 22, 2009 through Feb. 5, 2009.

Davis, known for her political activism during the late 1960s and early 1970s, will present “Education or Incarceration: The Future of Democracy” Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre.

In addition to Davis' address, the event will feature performances by UNH professor Reginald Wilburn, New Hampshire vocalist Olga Tynes and a dance performance by UNH dance group Xposed.

The weeklong celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. offers five major events highlighting King's struggle to create a “beloved community” in which social, political, and economic justice are more the norm than the exception.

This year’s overarching theme, One in 100: Dismantling a Prison Nation,” centers on the 2008 PEW survey report that showed the results of the steady growth of America’s prison industrial complex, a system that  has more than  one in every 100 adults confined behind bars.

The scheduled events include:

  • Photo Art Exhibit-A Prison Nation: Unlocking the Stories

Thursday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m./Strafford Room, MUB 

  • Spiritual Celebration-Breaking the Ties that Bind

Sunday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m.,/Durham Community Church

  • A Conversation with Angela Davis Hosted by Laura Knoy of NHPR’s Exchange

Thursday, Jan. 29, 12:30 p.m.,/Strafford Room, Memorial Union Building

  • Commemorative Address by Angela Davis-Education or Incarceration: The Future of Democracy

Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m.,/PCAC Johnson Theatre at UNH

  • Educational Panel-Are Prisons Obsolete?  Exploring the growing prison nation in New Hampshire

Thursday, Feb. 5, 12:40 p.m.,/DeMerritt Hall, Room 112

Faculty members who want to facilitate the curricular opportunities of the week can get a packet of short readings at http://www.unh.edu/diversity/mlk_celebration2009.html.

For more information, visit www.unh.edu/diversity or contact JerriAnne Boggis, chair of the MLK celebration committee and director of diversity programs and community outreach at 2-0693.


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