In recent years racial tensions have risen, public educational institutions are being defunded, and the gap between the rich and poor has widened. The 2012 MLK commemorative program, The Politics of Wealth and Social Justice, will focus on the wealthy - to examine how a small minority of the population can control the political arena that is so often toxic for the working class. We'll examine poverty in the midst of plenty as incompatible with democratic values. For a complete schedule go to http://unh.edu/inclusive/mlk/. All events are free and open to the public.
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, 4 p.m., Durham Community Church
An inter-faith, multi-faith spiritual celebration centered on Martin Luther King's call for economic justice. This is a spirited remembrance of the life and legacy of King in song, readings, reflection and prayer to inspire a vision of justice to be put into practice.
A Conversation with Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, 12:10-2 p.m., MUB Strafford Room
McNatt will be featured in an exploration of the complex public issue of wealth in a time of high unemployment and reductions in public funding for support systems. How did an oil company in 2008 make the biggest profit on record while the average citizen's retirement and investment money was being cut by one-third or in half? How does a small minority exert influence over the political arena to shape the way America does business? How may we find common ground and re-envision, in the spirit of equity, access and inclusion, our nation's economic system?
Commemorative Address: The Politics of Wealth and Social Justice
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, 7-8:30 p.m., Johnson Theater
Social change activist Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, a former editor of the New York Times Review of Books and widely anthologized writer for 20 years before her work as a minister, will talk about daring to imagine a new socio-political and economic alternative that offers possibilities for equality. McNatt is also a columnist for Belief.net and the author of “Unafraid of the Dark,” “Martin Luther King,” and children's books. McNatt will address questions concerning how wealth influences the political system, laws, and public institutions impacting society and the individual and discuss what a more fair distribution of wealth would look like. UNH senior Mike Vidal will the program. A reception and book signing will immediately follow her address.
Community Call to Action: Looking at Economic Justice through the Lens of World Faith Traditions
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, 12:40-2 p.m., MUB Strafford Room
In 1970, CEOs, on average in the U.S., earned $25 for every dollar that their employees earned. In 2000, that figure increased to $90, and in 2004, it soared to $500 to an employee’s one dollar. This discussion will not be against the idea of making money but will be directed at disparities and what faith communities are doing to address them.