Activist Morris Dees to Give Commemorative Address During Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Jan. 21-Feb. 10
January 12, 2011
Morris Dees, activist, Civil Rights speaker, and one of the founders of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will present the commemorative address for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Thursday, Feb. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Johnson Theater. Dees will discuss how our commitment to justice for all will chart our nation’s future as America becomes more diverse and economic disparity widens.
In “With Justice for All”, Dees will address the historical and current social, cultural, political and economic circumstances that have given rise to increases in hate crimes, participation in hate groups, and the current political climate that fosters and empowers intolerance and hate in plain view in today's political discourse. He will also focus on how young people are being creatively recruited into a wide variety of sophisticated hate groups and the long term implications this may have, as well as the need for teaching deeper understanding, love and respect for one another.
Senior Kenlyne Exume will be the host. Performers include the UNH spoken word group “Owr Wirdz” and the UNH department of theatre and dance troupe performing “Seasons of Love” from their recent production of the hit musical “Rent.”
Additional events take place from Jan. 27 through Feb. 10. For a full description and complete schedule of visit http://unh.edu/diversity/mlk/. All events are free and open to the public.
Thursday, Jan. 27: The Human Face of Hate Crimes: A Retrospective, 5 p.m., MUB Strafford Room. Students from various backgrounds will present their research in photos documenting oppression in the United States. A discussion of the 2010 Princeton Review ranking UNH third among American colleges with the lowest number of interactions among students of different races also will take place.
Sunday, Jan. 30: “Grounded in Hope: Empowered to Love, Inspired to Act”, 4 p.m., at the Community Church of Durham. An interfaith and spirited celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. presented in song, readings, prayer, reflection, and community. The Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones will be the featured speaker. For more information, call 2-1165 or email Larry.Brickneremail@example.com.
Thursday, Feb. 3: “Unlearning Hate: Turning Corrosive Powers into Positive Action” with Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Tom Martinez, a former white supremacist group member, 2 to 4 p.m., MUB Strafford Room.
Dees and Martinez explore how prejudice and hate are learned and how we all can unlearn them. Moderated by former president of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association Katherine Brown and introduced by sociology and justice studies student Chaquanzah Stephenson.
Thursday, Feb. 10: “Putting Belief into Action” from 12:30-2 p.m., MUB Strafford Room. A panel presentation offering diverse perspectives on how people put spiritual beliefs into action against oppression. An open dialogue will follow. For more information call 2-1058 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.