2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Program

Theme: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”


MLK Jr. Awareness Day

Monday, January 16
Sponsored by the Father Jonathan Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion


MLK Jr. Library Book Display

January 16 – February 28
Location: Geisel Library

Program Description:
This year’s book display focuses on recent acquisitions in the library’s collection that address historical and persistent issues of race and racism in today’s society.

View the book
Sponsored by the Geisel Library


MLK Jr. Library Online Display

January 16 – February 28
Location: Geisel Library

Program Description:
Browse the Geisel Library’s selection of e-resources around this year’s theme.  “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”  E-books and streaming videos are available
Sponsored by the Geisel Library


“Do good: seek justice” Isaiah 1:17

January 18 - 25

Join us as we recreate the eight reflections of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, incorporating voices and experiences from the Saint Anselm Community. This will be for a series of social media posts over eight days.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion


Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner

Tuesday, January 31, 2023    
4:30 PM, NHIOP

Key Note Speaker:  Dwight Davis, Chairman of the Board for the NH Center for Justice & Equity

The Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion invites all staff, faculty and students to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner on Tuesday, February 1 at 4:30 pm in the Carr Center and on Zoom.  This year’s featured speaker is Dwight Davis, Chairman of the Board for the NH Center for Justice & Equity. A delicious dinner buffet will be provided. 

Sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion, Campus Ministry and the Multicultural Student Coalition


Religion, Race, and Democracy in America:
Lessons from our past for the future.

Monday, February 6
7:00 PM, Melucci Theater

Anthea Butler is Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought and chair of the department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  A historian of African American and American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing spans African American religion and history, race, politics, Evangelicalism, gender and sexuality, media, and popular culture.

Sponsored by the Voices of Change program, Honors Program, Grappone Humanities Institute, Intercultural Center and NHIOP Academic Advisory Committee


Unity Retreat (Finding Ourselves in Unity to our Campus)

Friday, February 10 to Saturday, February 11
Essex Woods Meeting & Retreat Center
4:00 pm

Please register in the Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion by Wednesday, February 16.  There are only 40 spaces available so please register early.


CAB MLK Jr./Black History Month Trivia

Location: TBD

Come and see what you know about Martin Luther King Jr. and what was happening while he was alive! Answer questions about 60's music, social movements, MLK Jr, and more! 

Sponsored by Student Activities and Leadership Programs and the Campus Activity Board


African American Music Concert

Wednesday, February 15, 12:30-1:15pm
Koonz Theatre
Music Faculty and Student Common Hour Concert: A Celebration of African American music in the Koonz Theatre in the Dana Center. 

Sponsored by the Fine Arts Department


MLK Jr. Vigil & March

Wednesday, February 15
8:30 PM, Steps of the Abbey Church

Join the Multicultural Student Coalition as they celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a peace March and candlelight vigil.  The march will begin and end at steps of the Abbey Church. Campus Mass to follow.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Coalition, Campus Ministry and the Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion


Campus Mass

Wednesday, February 15
9:00 PM, Abbey Church

Sponsored by Campus Ministry


Ken Nwadike: Leadership/DEI Speaker

Thursday, February 16
8:00 pm. Melucci Theater

In this fun, creative and interactive program Ken brings his “Free Hugs Project” to engage students in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism.  Ken will interact with student leaders during small group discussions, to encourage them to spread love and kindness to transform the campus climate. His visit concludes with a keynote address that explores the power of positive human interaction.


Film: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Tuesday, February 21
7:00 pm. Perini Lecture Hall

This series looks at the last five decades of African American history through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years.  Drawing on eyewitness accounts, scholarly analysis and rare archival footage, the series illuminates our recent past, while raising urgent questions about the future of the African American community-and our nations as a whole.

This film is a part of the Community Cinema Series. Community Cinema is a collaborative initiative of the DEI Action Plan that showcases the amazing diversity of culture and experiences that are woven within our campus community and globally.  


Commemorating the U.S. Presidency:  “Lincoln and the Fight for Peace” 

Thursday, February 23
6-7:00 p.m. NHIOP Auditorium

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics is pleased to offer a special President’s Day program, in partnership with the Geisel Library at Saint Anselm College featuring author John Avlon. 

Avlon joins the Institute's executive director Neil Levesque to discuss his recent book, Lincoln and the Fight for Peace, a story of war and peace, race and reconciliation. 

Avlon is a senior political analyst and anchor at CNN, where his Reality Check segments have won acclaim. From 2013 to 2018, he was the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast, during which time the site’s traffic more than doubled to over one million readers a day while winning 17 journalism awards. In addition to Lincoln and the Fight for Peace, he is the author of Independent Nation, Wingnuts, and Washington’s Farewell, as well as co-editor of the acclaimed Deadline Artists journalism anthologies.

Lincoln’s plan to win the peace is his unfinished symphony, but in its existing notes, we can find an anthem that can begin to bridge our divisions today.

Books may be purchased in advance at your local bookseller or ONLINE. Limited copies are available for loan. Stop by Geisel Library’s Circulation Desk to borrow a copy of Lincoln and the Fight for Peace.

Free and open to the public with advance registration.  Learn More and Register


Student Panel: “Those Who Do Not Learn History are Doomed to Repeat It,”

Thursday, February 23
6:00 pm, Event Space

Student Moderator: Anna Raley

Join students from the Multicultural Student Coalition, Men of Color and Women of Color Group as they discuss and reflect on the reoccurring racial incidents on high school and colleges campus this past fall.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Coalition, Men of Color and Women of Color.


MLK Jr. Book Group Discussion

Location TBD

Copies of the book will be available at Geisel Library on Wednesday, February 2nd

Program Title:  Book Reading & Discussion of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

Sponsored by Geisel Library and NHIOP


The Unauthorized Biography Series

Friday, February, 24
Melucci Theater @ 9pm

The Unauthorized Biography Series is a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History through Hip Hop.
Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of an influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video. Icons featured in the series include Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, MLK Jr./Obama, Oprah, Tupac, Bruce Lee, Terry Fox, Nelson Mandela and more.

Sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership.


Secret Agents of the Underground Railroad

Location: TBD

Anthony Morgan hosts an investigation into how wait staff at the Cataract Hotel in Niagara Falls ran a secret resistance cell, helping enslaved people escape to freedom. Coming to The Nature of Things in 2023.

Sponsored by the Chemistry Department and The Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion


MLK Jr. Debate: 

Thursday, March 2nd
Perini Lecture Hall @ 7:00 pm

Debate Topic: Puerto Rico should be granted statehood. 

Sponsored by the Debate Team