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Martin Luther King Day 2018 in New Hampshire

Martin Luther King Day 2018 

HANOVER -- Martin Luther King Day at Dartmouth College and Dartmouth/Geisel Medical School began January 5 and runs through February 9, featuring speakers, films, sing-ins, and more.  Details are at

Saturday, January 13 

LEBANON --Presentation on the Poor People's  Campaign from the Vermont Workers' Center's Upper Valley Organizing Committee, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at First Congregational Church of Lebanon.  Lunch will be served and childcare provided.  For more information, contact: 802 281-3057 or, or look on Facebook.

EPPING – “The Other Side of the Mountaintop” concert, with T.J. Wheeler, at Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library, 3:00 PM.  More information at or on Facebook.   

NASHUA -- Martin Luther King Celebration at First Baptist Church, 6:00 PM.  Guest Speaker is The Rev. Dr. Neal E. Pearson.  Performances by: FBC Chancel Choir, New Fellowship Choir, NH Gay Men’s Chorus, The Community Interfaith Choir, Temple Beth Abraham Zimria Choir, St. Johns Church Choir, and soloist Julia Leonard. Childcare available.  Refreshments immediately following.  Admission is free and all are welcome.  More information is at

Sunday, January 14 

LACONIA -- The Laconia Human Relations Committee's Martin Luther King Day Celebration will feature a showing of the film, "Shadows Fall North," and a discussion led by JerriAnne Boggis of the NH Black Heritage Trail, 2:00 to 5:30 PM at the Beane Center.  More information on Facebook.

TAMWORTH – Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration sponsored by UU Fellowship of the Eastern Slope and World Fellowship, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Chuck Collins, author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It and Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good," will speak on "Fifty Years Later: Dr. King's Vision and the Racial Wealth Divide."  More information on Facebook

DOVER – Martin Luther King Day Service, sponsored by Dover Area Religious Leaders Association, 7 :00 PM at First Parish Church.  Andrew Smith is guest speaker, with music by area choirs.   

Monday, January 15 

PORTSMOUTH – Martin Luther King Day Breakfast sponsored by Seacoast NAACP at South Church, 8:30 AM to noon, with guest speaker Sean McGhee, Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at UNH,  and musical guests.  Donations welcome.   The event will be followed by an afternoon walk on the Black Heritage Trail.

KEENE - Martin Luther King Day Breakfast at St. George Orthodox Church, catered by The Pub. The Grand Monadnock Youth Choir will be singing . Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (under 12 years) at the door.  (Please note tickets will not be sold in advance; this is a change from previous years)

HOLLIS – 34th annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast sponsored by Southern NH Outreach for Black Unity at Alpine Grove, 8:00 – 11:00 AM.  Pastor Mark Choate is guest speaker.  Gediyon Prince is youth speaker.  Tickets are Adults $35.00 in advance or $40.00 at the door, Youth/Students $20.00, Children 4yrs. and under free.  More information at!events.  

MANCHESTER -- City Year and Vounteer NH! will sponsor a program including a rally, diversity/service/volunteer fair, and workshops at the Manchester YWCA, 9:30 AM to Noon.  All ages welcome.  Please bring a donation for the NH Food Bank. Most needed items include canned chicken, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, mac n cheese, canned soup, pasta, noodle mixes, and rice mixes.  Workshop details, more information and registration information here.  The event is supported by Southern New Hampshire University and the Currier Museum of Art.  Contact Mark Fickle at (603)-218-5086 or  

CONCORD -- "Fight for $15 and a Living Wage for All," peaceful picket Noon to 1 PM outside Wendy's, 106 Loudon Road. 

MANCHESTER  -- Fight for $15 and a Living Wage for All," peaceful picket, Noon to 1:00 PM at 516 Elm Street.

NASHUA -- Fight for $15 and a Living Wage for All," peaceful picket, Noon to 1:00 PM at City Hall, 229 Main Street.

CLAREMONT -- Martin Luther King Day Celebration beginning with a potluck at noon at Trinity Episcopal and Prince of Peace Church, sponsored by the Racial Healing Working Group.  Program will include singing, a youth program, a reading of Dr. King's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, and a discussion. For more information, contact Reb MacKenzie at 603-504-2851 or by email.

MANCHESTER – 36th annual Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration sponsored by Martin Luther Coalition, 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street, Manchester.  Rev. Mariama White-Hammond is guest speaker.  Governor Chris Sununu and Mayor Joyce Craig will present proclamations. MLK Award to Jackie and Russell Weatherspoon.  Vanessa Johnson Award to Gabrielle Greaves.  Music with Julia Leonard.  Admission free; all are welcome.  More information at

PORTSMOUTH -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service at North Church, Market Square, 4:00 PM, featuring Community Choir made up of members from local churches.  Featured Speakers include Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, Rev. Frank Newsome, New Pastor North Church.  Clergy participants: Rev. Betsy Anne Webber, Rev. Phil Salée Johnson-Edwards, Min. Carol Jacques-Ramona Dow, The Rev. Robert E. Stevens, Jr., Chaplain Elissa Kaplan Mike Senter, and Rev. Arthur L. Hilson.  All donations will be presented to Cross Roads.  Contact Rev. Arthur Hilson at or 603-433-7343 for more information. 

JAFFREY - Jaffrey Civic Center’s Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. program takes place at the United Church of Jaffrey, 5:00 - 6:00 PM., preceded at 4:45 p.m. by ringing of the church’s Paul Revere Bell as part of the MLK National Bell-Ringing Ceremony.  Keynote speaker is David C. Howse.  Winners of our High School Essay Contest and Middle School Poster Contest will be announced.  Jaffrey and Rindge grade school choirs will provide music.  A reception at the Civic Center follows the program.  
CONCORD--Special Martin Luther King Day show on AFSC's "State House Watch" radio show, featuring Dr. King talking about the Poor People's Campaign, excerpts from a recent talk by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, music from Mavis Staples, and more, on WNHN-LP.  "State House Watch" airs every Monday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM with a re-broadcast Tuesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 AM at 94.7 FM in the Concord area and on the internet.  Podcasts of past shows are available, too.

MANCHESTER -- The National Cultural Diversity Awareness Council will hold its 16th annual "Keeping the Dream Alive" dinner at 5:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel.  Keynote speaker is Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.  Tickets are $45 and must be purchased by January 13.  More information here.

PORTSMOUTH -- Jukwaa Mazoa and North Star A.M.E Zion Church presents “Set the House On Fire!” 20th annual gospel concert in celebration of Martin Luther King Day, starting at 6:00 pm at Pastor Nate Hasty’s State Street Church 634 State Street. This year’s concert will feature an incredible line-up of musicians, singers and bands. The Funky Divas of Gospel , Rev Jeffrey McIlwain, Yamica Peterson, Set The House on Fire Band and NothStar AmeZion choir and band plus more.  Adance tickets are $10 or $12 at the door.  Tickets and more information here.  

The Martin Luther King Day 2018 calendar is compiled by Arnie Alpert of the American Friends Service Committee.  Please send additions and corrections to

You can find background on the 20-year campaign to gain adoption of a state holiday named for Dr. King by clicking here.

Last updated January 13, 2018