Martin Luther King Day Celebrations Scheduled Across NH

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Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C.

Throughout his short public career, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. consistently denounced the “triple evils” of racism, militarism, and economic exploitation while calling for a “revolution of values” rooted in nonviolence as the solution.

At this time, with hate-motivated violence on the rise but with new energy for social justice also becoming more evident, the legacy of Dr. King is as important as ever.

We want to make sure you know about the 35th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, which will take place on Monday afternoon, January 16, in Manchester, and about other events that are taking place across the state.

This year’s MLK Day Community Celebration will feature presentation of the Martin Luther King Award to Eva Castillo of the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, and also a talk by Robert Azzi, a photojournalist and educator who has been speaking out about the inter-relationship between Islamophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and nativism.

We’ll also have food, music, and more, all for free at the St. George Greek Orthodox Community Center, 650 Hanover Street in Manchester.  Look for more information on the Martin Luther King Coalition’s website or on Facebook.

Other MLK Day (really, a long MLK Weekend) events are scheduled in Hanover, Exeter, Dover, Hollis, Nashua, Concord, Laconia, Tamworth, and probably other places we don’t even know about.  You can find a listing on our website here.

For those who care about social justice, inclusion, democracy, and nonviolence, participation in anything that shines a light on the legacy of Dr. King is worthy of support.  As we head into uncharted political waters, the inspiration of Dr. King and all those who have gone before us will help us keep on keeping on.

Let freedom ring,

Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty

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