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A Message From the President Regarding MLK Jr. Events

January 23, 2008

Dear Members of the University Community,

I invite your participation in the University's 2008 MLK Celebratory events commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our week of activities, entitled Holler if You Hear Me: Race, Culture, and Democracy , focuses on King's struggle to ensure a free and just democracy. Five major events will take place from Jan. 24th to the 31st.

The University of New Hampshire has celebrated the contribution of Dr. King as a civil rights leader, minister, and intellectual for 18 consecutive years. We have sponsored educational and spiritual programs prompting us to examine the social and political injustices that impede our progress as individuals and as a nation. In an effort to continue this difficult dialogue, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, our keynote speaker, will engage us in a thoughtful examination of Dr. King's views of American democracy.

The University's Office of Diversity Initiatives, in partnership with campus and community members, has planned a series of events to challenge us to take an active role in building a fairer democracy for people from all backgrounds and cultures. This year's events include the following:

  • Photo Art Exhibit: Thursday, Jan. 24; 6 p.m.; MUB Strafford Room
  • Spiritual Celebration: Sunday, Jan. 27; 4 p.m.; St. George's Episcopal Church, Durham
  • Education Panel: Tuesday, Jan. 29; 12:30 - 2 p.m.; MUB Strafford Room
  • Commemorative Address: Tuesday, Jan. 29; 7- 8:30 p.m.; UNH Johnson Theatre at the Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Campus Activism Fair: Thursday, Jan.31; noon-3 p.m.; MUB Granite State Room

I encourage your attendance and participation in the MLK commemorative events. Please know that your involvement is important to our campus community and will help promote Dr. King's dream of building a society where all of us are given the opportunity to achieve our potential.

Learn more about the activities taking place at http://www.unh.edu/diversity/mlk_celebration.html or by contacting JerriAnne Boggis, coordinator, at 862-0693.

Come be inspired.


Mark W. Huddleston

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