College Celebrates MLK Jr. with Month-Long Programming

January 12, 2018

By Laura Lemire

Beginning on January 16, Saint Anselm College will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy with a month-long series of events that Multicultural Center Director and MLK Jr. Planning Committee Chair Wayne Currie believes will complement this year’s theme of “Honor the Past, Impact the Future.”

The 27 events planned by this year’s dedicated committee involve the collaboration of many campus departments and offices, demonstrating the community’s commitment to honoring Dr. King. Currie and the committee are eager to share the diverse programming schedule (which includes film and book discussions, concerts, lectures and a candlelight vigil) with the college community.

Kicking off this year’s schedule of events is the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner featuring Saint Anselm alumnus Cortney Dunlap ’06 as the keynote speaker. Dunlap, a former psychology major and football player at Saint Anselm, earned his master’s in counseling psychology and his Ph.D. in education at Saint Leo University. He is the assistant principal at the New Haven Adult Education and Continuing Education Center and director of Inspirational Care, a non-profit organization that he founded in 2014, which provides behavioral health services to adults and children. He is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Program at Southern Connecticut State University.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming him back to campus,” says Currie. “The Multicultural Center has come a long way since Cortney was a student, and we’re excited to show him how far we’ve come and how we plan to continue moving the Center into the future.”

New to this year’s programming is a photo campaign, “Sincerely, Saint A’s,” an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to provide honest reactions, comments, and stories on issues of civility, social change and advocacy, accompanied with photos, which will then be on display in the Geisel Library February 5 – 19. Those interested in participating by offering comments and having a photo taken may find members of the Office of Student Activities and Leadership and the Campus Activities Board in Davison Hall on January 22, 24, and 26.

Another program Currie and his team are excited to see come to fruition will take place on February 9: The New England Pentecostal Crusade, a Gospel choir, will sing in the Carr Center.

Currie also recommends the speaker event, "Anti Jewish Programs in Tsarist Russia" by Irina Astashkevich, on February 6 in the auditorium of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, and the three-part Diversity Dialogue series, offered by Professor Michael New of the English Department.

In collaboration with the Office of Campus Ministry, Dr. Cecilia Moore, associate professor at the University of Dayton, will present on “Black Catholics in the Civil Rights Movement” on February 12.  

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2018 MLK Jr. Planning Committee
Christina Behen '20, Laurie Bennett (Nursing), Emma Bishop '18, Elizabeth Blood (Fine Arts), Christopher Bruell (Criminal Justice), Ann-Maria Contarino (Academic Resource Center), Ande Diaz (Chief Diversity Officer), Christine Drew (Meelia Center for Community Engagement), Tina He (Economics and Business), Kelsey Johansen (Campus Activities and Leadership), Elizabeth E. Kelly '20, Kayla Marino '20, Michael New (English), Liana Pennington (Criminal Justice), Sarah Catherine Richardson (Campus Ministry), Susan-Caitlyn Seavey '20, Father Anselm Smedile, O.S.B., Jennifer Spellicy (Geisel Library), David Trumble (Debate Team), Derk Wierda (Chemistry)

2018 Sponsors
Campus Activity Board (CAB), Campus Ministry, Conversatio, Criminal Justice Department, Dana Center for the Humanities, English Department, Fine Arts Department, Geisel Library, Gender Studies, History Department, Lucubrations, Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Modern Languages Department, Multicultural Center, Multicultural Student Coalition, MLK Jr. Planning Committee, New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library, Philosophy Department, President’s Steering Committee for Inclusiveness, Student Government Association, Sociology and Social Work Department, Student Activities and Leadership, Theology Department