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,
- 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