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Martin Luther King Days 2020

New Hampshire events

New Hampshire Events

Read about the 20-year campaign to win passage of a New Hampshire holiday named for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 18

NASHUA ---  Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration at First Baptist Church of Nashua, with Keynote Speaker, Rev. Cheryl Harris, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Attleboro, MA.  Musical Performances by FBC Chancel Choir, New Fellowship Baptist Church Gospel Choir, NH Gay Men's Chorus, The Nashua Interfaith Choir, and soloists Sophia White and Julia Leonard.  FBC Nashua is at 121 Manchester Street.  If the parking lot is full, there will be free shuttle service & additional parking available at Pennichuck Middle School.  Childcare available.  Refreshments immediately following.  Admission is free and all are welcome.  More info

Sunday, January 19

LACONIA --- “Here I Am, Send Me,” a documentary about Jonathan Daniels, will be shown at the Beane Center, 35 Blueberry Lane in Laconia, at 3:00  PM followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Dr. Lawrence Benaquist.  The program is sponsored by the Laconia Human Relations Committee.

TAMWORTH – Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Tamworth, 6 PM, sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slope and World Fellowship.  Music, refreshments, and a talk by Arnie Alpert of AFSC-NH.  

DOVER --- Martin Luther King Day Interfaith Service, sponsored by Dover Area Religious Leaders Association, 7 PM at Wentworth-Douglas Hospital.  Guest speaker is Maggie Fogarty of AFSC-NH. Facebook event

EXETER -- Community Sing at First Baptist Church of Exeter, 5 to 7 pm, led by the Rev. Lillian Buckley.  Facebook event

Monday, January 20

MANCHESTER – Martin Luther King Day Breakfast of Celebration, with performances by Reverend Renee Rouse, Chrickson Brown, Vibes of Style Performers.  Special guests include Pastor Eric Jackson, Congressman Chris Pappas, and Mayor Joyce Craig.  Including a delicious breakfast from Madear's Catering.  Sponsored by YWCA and Victory Women of Vision, at the YWCA, 72 Concord Street, Manchester, 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  All are welcome and registration is free.  Register here

HOLLIS – 36th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast, sponsored by Southern NH Outreach for Black Unity, with keynote speaker Arnie Alpert of the American Friends Service Committee, at the Alpine Grove Banquet Facility, 19 S. Depot Road, Hollis, 8:30 AM to Noon.  Adult tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door.  Youth/students $20.  Under 4 yrs free.  More info here

PORTSMOUTH --  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast, hosted by Seacoast NAACP.  Pancake Breakfast 8:30 AM, speakers and music from 10:00 AM to noon.  Program includes Keynote Speaker Reverend Jeffrey M. McIlwain, Pastor at North Star AME Zion Church, Newington NH. Music by North Star Right Now Band with Choir, Marie Foti, and Gary Richardson. Hosted by Reverend Robert Thompson, Chair, Black Heritage Trail New Hampshire. Join us afterwards for a tour of the Black Heritage Trail with Sankofa Scholar Nur Shoop.  Facebook event

KEENE --- Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, with welcome by Dr. Dottie Morris and music led by Annie Patterson and Peter Blood from Rise Up and Sing, 10:00 AM to Noon at Heberton Hall, 60 Winter Street, Keene.   Sponsored by City of Keene Human Rights Committee.  Free and open to the public.  

CLAREMONT -- "We Cried Power," sneak preview of a new documentary about the Poor People's Campaign, followed by a discussion with Deborah Opramolla of the NH Poor People’s Campaign, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Fiske Free Library, 108 Broad Street.  Sponsored by the Claremont Racial Healing Working Group.  For more information, write .

MANCHESTER ---  38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Coalition, at Temple Adath Yeshurun, 152 Prospect Street, Manchester, NH 03104.  Community food sharing & musical sections by the Manchester High School Jazz Band from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, followed by program at 3:00 PM featuring community choir and panel discussion on the themes of the Poor People’s Campaign with  Debbie Opramolla, Brenda Lett, Rep. Wendy Thomas, Will Hopkins, and Senator Melanie Levesque (moderator).  Free to the Public—All are Welcome.  Facebook event

MANCHESTER – “Accessibility in the Arts: Is Expression Really Free to All?” is the title of a “Town Hall” at the Currier Gallery, 2:00 to 3:30 PM.  The Currier will offer free admission to the museum all day, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, to celebrate the holiday.  More info and registration  

CONCORD – “State House Watch Radio” on WNHN-LP features a 1968 address by Coretta Scott King at Resurrection City in Washington during the Poor People’s Campaign, 5:00 to 6:00 PM.   Listen at 94.7 FM in Concord or

HANOVER --- The featured presentation of Dartmouth College’s 2020 Martin Luther King Celebration is "Of Silence and Words," with Kianny Antigua, Author & Lecturer, sponsored by Institutional Diversity & Equity, at the Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Kianny N. Antigua is a Senior Lecturer of Spanish, translator, and fiction writer for both children and adults, and poet. For more information on this and many other events at Dartmouth, visit Dartmouth’s Martin Luther King Celebration web page

Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25

HANOVER --- Grappling with Addiction: Fostering Health, Hope, and Healing is the theme of the 2020 Geisel MLK Health Equity Day at the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, with lectures, a film, and service projects.   All events take place at the Life Sciences Center, Oopik Auditorium.  More information

February 5 - 23

DURHAM -- UNH 2020 Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with speakers, performances, workshops, leadership summit, and a day of action.  Details here

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