2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Program

Theme: “Good Trouble: “Dream Big, Act Bigger.”


MLK Jr. Awareness Day

Monday, January 15
Sponsored by the Father Jonathan Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion


MLK Jr. Library Book Display

January 15 – February 29
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 15 – February 29
Location: Geisel Library

Program Description:
Browse Geisel Library’s selection of e-resources around this year’s theme, “Good Trouble: Dream Big, Act Bigger.” Ebooks and streaming videos are available. →

Sponsored by the Geisel Library


"You shall love the Lord your God... and your neighbor as yourself" (Luke

January 18 – 25

Join Campus Ministry in observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a global initiative where, in communion with Christians worldwide, pray for unity. For eight days between January 18 and 25, voices from our campus community lead us in prayer, cultivating an atmosphere of hospitality and love for our neighbors. Embark on this meaningful journey with us, resonating with the teachings of Christ, and let us become witnesses for love in the spirit of unity. 

Sponsored by Campus Ministry


Anger & Hope 
African Diaspora Women’s Political Speech and Poetry Day 

Thursday, January 25
3:30 - 6 PM, Goulet Science Reading Room 

Coffeehouse-style, informal reading aloud of poems, lyrics, and speeches by women of the African Diaspora including abolitionist Maria W. Stewart, politician Shirley Chisholm, Maya Angelou, Amanda Gorman and Wangari Maathai whose words, actions, and vision changed the world, with audience participation. Then enjoy music, games, art and snacks from the Community Resilience and Social Equity Lab. Come be inspired by these women’s truth-telling, calls to action, resilience, and joy.   

Sponsored by Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and Respect the Nest with the Community Resilience and Social Equity Lab. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner

Tuesday, January 30
4:30 PM, NHIOP

Key Note Speaker: Ronelle Tshiela, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Manchester and NH

The Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion invites all staff, faculty and students to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner on Tuesday, January 30th at 4:30 pm at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.  This year’s featured speaker is Ronelle Tshiela, co-founder of BLM  Manchester and BLM NH. A delicious dinner buffet will be provided.

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


MLK Jr. Vigil & March

Wednesday, February 7

8:15 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 7
9:00 PM, Abbey Church

Sponsored by Campus Ministry


Unity Retreat (Finding Ourselves in Unity to our Campus)

Friday, February 9 to Saturday, February 10
Grotonwood Meeting & Retreat Center
4:00 pm


African American Music Concert

Wednesday, February 14, 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


The Baltimore Slam Team: Spoken Word and Poetry Night

Saturday, February 17th
8:30 PM - The Coffee Shop

Join SEAL in welcoming the Baltimore Slam Poetry Team to Saint Anselm College! Two-time winners of the International Poetry Slam competition, they now travel the country performing. Using this unique spoken word medium, they encourage conversations about contemporary societal issues.

Sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership


CAB MLK Jr./Black History Month Trivia

Tuesday February 20th, 7:00 PM
The Coffee Shop 

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


Film: The Loving Story 

Tuesday, February 20 
7:00 pm. Location TBD 

A racially charged criminal trial and the heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights Era. Long Way Home: The Loving Story is a story of love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic anti-miscegenation sentiments in the U.S. The Loving’s, an interracial couple, fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, and, because of the confluence of social and political turmoil our reluctant heroes bring about change where previously no one else could.  

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. 


John Lewis: Good Trouble | Film Screening & Discussion 

Wednesday, February 21
5:00 – 7:30pm, Dana 1D 

This 2020 documentary chronicles the life and times of U.S. Congressperson and longtime Civil Rights activist John Lewis (1940-2020). For more than 60 years-from a teenager of the front lines of the Civil rights movement the legislative powerhouse in Washington-Lewis was at the forefront of what he termed “good trouble”. One of the MLK’s closet allies. Lewis organized courageous Freedom Rides and sit ins that left him both blooded and jailed and was a leader in both the historic marches on Washington and Selma.  

Sponsored by the College Democrats and the Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion   


MLK Jr. Book Group Discussion 

Thursday, February 22 
9:00 – 10:30am, Geisel Library Classroom 
Copies of the book will be available at Geisel Library on Thursday, January 25  

Geisel Library will host a book group for the 2024 MLK Jr. Celebratory Program. Join Geisel librarian Melinda Malik in a discussion of “Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.  

Sponsored by Geisel Library  


Student Panel: “Good Trouble: Then and Now,” 

Thursday, February 22 
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 consider and grapple with both the risks and the hopelessness of nonviolence as a response to violence and oppression 

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


MLK Jr. Debate 

Thursday, February 29
7:00 pm Perini Lecture Hall 

As part of the MLK Program of Events, the College Debate Team annually holds a public debate on a matter related to civil rights and liberties.  

Topic: Civil Disobedience is Immoral.  

Sponsored by the Debate Team