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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration 2017

Saint Anselm College
2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Program
Theme: Unity, Not Uniformity

Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  4:30 p.m., Davison Hall
Keynote Speaker: (Inaugration of the "Diversity Speaker Series"): Ms. Donna Brazile
Note: Registration is now closed.

Book Display:  Pioneers in African American History
Wednesday, January 18 - Friday, February 24, 2017
Geisel Library  
Familiarize yourself with groundbreaking figures of African American history by visiting two displays at Geisel Library. On the main level of the library, there will be a display of select non-fiction books and DVDs that shine a spotlight on pioneers in African American history. On the lower level, resources written for a younger audience will be on display near the Juvenile Literature Collection. A companion webpage will highlight print and electronic resources available through the library as well as resources available on the Internet.
Sponsored by the Geisel Library.

Community Book Drive to Benefit Families in Manchester
Please donate books for children from babyhood through second grade to be distributed via the Manchester Department of Health as part of an initiative to encourage family reading at home. Seven collection boxes, from the first day of classes through January 31, in the Coffee Shop, Davison, Dana, Bradley House, Goulet, Meelia Center, and Geisel Library. Contact: Nina Lukens at or Jennifer Thorn at
Sponsored by RLC Community Service.

Film Discussion: "Birth of a Nation"
Thursday, January 19, 2017 6 p.m., Dana 1D
While the "Birth of a Nation" may not present a drastically new perspective of slavery that was seen in movies such as, "Django: Unchained and 12 Years A Slave," it still prevails as another successful slavery based movie. The key to just about every movie that deals with the topic of slavery is presenting a realistic look at the sheer brutality and wickedness that can be associated with it.
Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Coalition and the Multicultural Center.

The Last Holiday- A Three-Part Interactive Presentation on Black Music
Mondays: January 23, February 6, and February 27 All at 3:30 p.m., Dana 1D
As an experiential and collaborative way of celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will explore the cultural, historical, political, and aesthetic dimensions of twentieth-century African-American music in a series of three interactive presentations. Beginning with the blues and jazz, including R&B, soul, and funk, and concluding with hip-hop and other contemporary sounds, these linked events will engage with the continuities and innovations of one of America's most distinctive cultural traditions: black music. The presentation uses music to explore the political controversy over making Dr. King's birthday a national holiday-including performances by Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott-Heron, and Public Enemy. Today, it may seem obvious to affirm King's dream for a revolution of values toward the creation of a beloved community, but this was not always the case. Do you know in what year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday was first observed as a holiday in all 50 states? It might be more recent than you would think. Instead of a traditional lecture, this event will be structured as an interactive presentation, which encourages audience participation and concludes with an extended opportunity to discuss the controversial, compelling musical and political history of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Sponsored by the English Department & Gender Studies.

Lucubrations Open Mic Night
Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:30 p.m. (sign up), 8 p.m. (event starts), LLC Classroom  

This open-mic poetry reading offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to share an original work of poetry or song-or a treasured favorite written by someone else-which addresses issues of social justice, inequality, or the struggle to build a beloved community. Participants should prepare their selection ahead of time and sign up for a five-minute time-slot upon arrival.
Sponsored by Sociology Department, English Department & Gender Studies.

Community Service Opportunity
Monday, January 30, 2017 and Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Location TBD 
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the Access Academy's Opening Program at the start of the semester. The Access Academy is a credit-bearing after-school program for refugee, immigrant, and underrepresented high school students hosted on Saint Anselm College's campus. Two of the main goals of the Access Academy are exposure and access to college for underrepresented students and exposure to diversity and individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Volunteers will aid in both of these goals during this program by working with Meelia Center student leaders to welcome the students to campus, engage in an interactive activity focused on inclusivity, and join the high school students for dialogue during dinner. Volunteers can sign-up to participate in one or both days.
Sponsored by the Meelia Center for Community Engagement.

Poet Tiana Clark
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6 p.m., NHIOP Auditorium
Tiana Clark is a young black poet who writes about issues of race, sexuality, and identity. She is one of the hottest new American poets and will attract attention from all around the Boston Area and nationally.  
Sponsored by Bean Foundation and Gender Studies.

Paint Bar Night
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 • 5 p.m., LLC
Theme: Intersection of women and race; Students will be instructed to paint while Join us as Nicole Lora from The Meelia Center shares with us the history of the incredible and inspiring women of the Civil Rights Movement. Joycelin Raho from Campus Ministry will guide us in creating a magnificent work of art.
Limited spots available, please RSVP to:  
Sponsored by: The Multicultural Center, The Student Government Association, The Meelia Center for Community Engagement, and Campus Ministry.

Campus Mass
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 9 p.m., Abbey Church
St. John's Bible Connection.
Sponsored by Campus Ministry

Joining with Community for Social Justice
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6 p.m., NHIOP West Wing
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Meelia Center for Community Engagement in a facilitated dialogue with local non-profit leaders to explore how we can collaborate with the community to address issues of social injustice. Building on community expertise, participants with discuss the social and community justice issues occurring in the great Manchester area, the work that is currently occurring to address these issues, and opportunities for continued work and collaboration.
Sponsored by the Meelia Center for Community Engagement.

Film Discussion: "The Loving Story"
Thursday, February 2, 2017 7 p.m., Dana 1D
The story of Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, an interracial couple in 1950s Virginia who were arrested, tried, and convicted of the felony crime of miscegenation after they married, is powerfully explored in the documentary, "The Loving Story." The film shows the story of the couple and the two young ACLU lawyers that took the Loving's case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. After nine years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in their favor, resulting in sixteen states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage. Following the film, a discussion of the case and its impact will be led by Liana Pennington, Assistant Professor Department of Criminal Justice.
Sponsored by the Geisel Library & the Sociology Department.

Book Discussion: "Another Brooklyn" by Jacqueline Woodson
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 12:30 p.m., Geisel Periodical and Reading Room Main Level
Participate in a discussion of the book, "Another Brooklyn," written by Jacqueline Woodson. Woodson, The Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate and National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature for "Brown Girl Dreaming" has written her first novel in twenty years for an adult audience. Based partly on Woodson's own memories of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn, "Another Brooklyn" tells the story of August and her three friends Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi as they navigate growing up in an increasingly dangerous neighborhood. Here they struggle to maintain their innocence in the face of constant uncertainty.
Sponsored by the Geisel Library.

Civil Rights and the Trump Administration-Public Debate
Thursday, February 9, 2017 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., Perini Lecture Hall
As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. events, the St. Anselm College Debate Team will hold a public debate relevant to civil rights and liberties. This year the topic will be Resolved: The government should not engage in monitoring of social media. Four debaters from the team will be debating this topic.

Magician Ran'd Shine
Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium
Ran'D is the face of the new millennium magician and implements social justice initiatives into his acts. He wowed audiences with his brilliant presentation at the 44th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C as well as Capetown, South Africa. As one of the most sought after college performers he has also captured the imaginations of audiences from Hollywood to New York City for more than a decade. He has already read your mind and knows that you want to know more. Come see for yourself.
Sponsored by Student Activities and Leadership Programs.

Film and Discussion: "13th"
Wednesday, February 15, 2017  6 p.m., Dana 1D  
Coming at a time when Black Lives Matter and police bias are being hotly debated, "13th" was the first non-fiction film to open the prestigious NY Film Festival in its 54 years. Named after the 13th constitutional amendment, which abolished slavery except as "punishment for crime," the doc uses archival footage and expert commentary to make the case that slavery hasn't disappeared from the U.S.-it's evolved into our modern system of mass incarceration, one in which many prisons are run by for-profit companies and prisoners can be paid a pittance to work for corporations.
Sponsored by SGA Criminal Justice Department and the Multicultural Center.

Police and Community Relations Panel Discussion
Monday, February 20, 2017 4 p.m., NHIOP Auditorium  
At a time when many people are expressing fear, anxiety, and anger over police shootings of African-Americans, public discourse and discussions allow individuals to voice (many times) common concerns about and suggestions for improving police and community relations. Therefore, by discussing some of their personal experiences, Saint Anselm alumni working in law enforcement will be joined by current students in order to stimulate conversation regarding the state of police and community relations.
Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Department.

James Baldwin: Collected Essay
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:30 p.m., Dana 1D  
James Baldwin was among the twentieth century's most insightful thinkers and writers. Especially in his essays, Baldwin demonstrates his lyrical genius and uncompromising soul, revealing the reciprocal roles of character, culture, and consciousness in shaping our individual identities and collective destiny. Baldwin articulates difficult truths about our most destructive impulses-like fear and rage-as precisely as he speaks to the nature of our highest virtues, like love. Because of the depths of his feeling and self-knowledge, Baldwin's essays can serve as an inspiration for thinking about how we accept ourselves and one another. Because of the courage of his convictions, Baldwin's writing can serve us in the present moment as a guide for thinking about the role of the individual within an unjust society. Through weekly discussions beginning in January and lasting as long as our energy sustains us, this working group will focus on individual essays by James Baldwin-written between the 1950s and the 1980s-in order to connect, share, and build an intellectual community with the goal of sharpening our intellectual honesty, building emotional intelligence and self-awareness, and celebrating human dignity.
Sponsored by the English Department & Gender Studies.

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