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Apr. 5: Webinar with Michael Honey on Right To Work

Monday, April 5, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm
This event will be held online.

This event is organized by our ecumenical friends at the American Friends Service Committee-NH Program and NH United Church of Christ Economic Justice Ministry Team.

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Mar. 16: Loretta Ross event

From our partners at the Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies:
On Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00pm: Loretta Ross is an award-winning, nationally-recognized expert on racism and racial justice, women’s rights, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation. Her current book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2021.
This online lecture is free and open to the public.

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Mar. 7: Movie Night with Open Democracy

Sunday, March 7, 2021, 7:00pm
This event will be held online. Click here to register.

On Sunday, March 7, our friends at Open Democracy invite you to a showing of the 30-minute documentary Selma: A March to Remember and a discussion via Zoom.

“The documentary focuses on personal accounts of the events of Bloody Sunday and the historic Selma-to-Montgomery March that followed. It features stories from those who were leaders in the movement and from every day people who witnessed an extraordinary time and place in history. They discuss their experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, and the challenges still facing the movement today.”

Details and registration information are below:https://www.opendemocracynh.org/bloody_sunday_selma

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Rabbi Davidson’s 2021 Remarks

By popular request, we have posted Rabbi Davidson’s remarks during the January 18, 2021 MLK Celebration:

My name is Beth D. Davidson, and I am the rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun, here in Manchester, NH. TAY was an early member of the MLK Coalition, and we have been a proud participant in this celebration of the life and message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. since its inception. I am honored to be part of our celebration today.

This year, coming together to celebrate Dr. King and his legacy wasn’t easy. Our world, our country, our community is having to confront issues of pandemic and prejuThis year, coming together to celebrate Dr. King and his legacy wasn’t easy. Our world, our country, our community is having to confront issues of pandemic and prejudice. All of us have been touched somehow by Covid 19, and I believe all of us were touched by the tragic murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and other African Americans who were killed or wounded because of the color of their skin. 2020 may have just ended, but I fear that prejudice towardd and denigration of people of color will not end unless and until we take up the charge to be the change.dice. All of us have been touched somehow by Covid 19, and I believe all of us were touched by the tragic murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and other African Americans who were killed or wounded because of the color of their skin. 2020 may have just ended, but I fear that prejudice towardd and denigration of people of color will not end unless and until we take up the charge to be the change.

Clearly, we need to become points of light, for as our new year began, we were forcibly reminded what the powers of hate and intolerance can do. Our Capitol and our democracy were assaulted by a bunch of thugs. We cannot ignore the disgraceful fact that the security preparations for BLM marches and demonstrations held last year were wildly different then what met those who attacked the Capitol; if we can look beyond this instance of institutional racism for just for a moment, I believe that all Americans, whatever their color, should be horrified by what transpired last Wednesday. We can pray that the upcoming inauguration will take place without further violent interruption, that as a nation we will enjoy a moment of peaceful transition that expresses our hopes for our future, but prayer is not enough in the face of insurrection, just as it is not sufficient in response to racial injustice.

Where do we get our hope, our energy, our vision to move forward? There are times I think that we have to listen to voices from our past. In my mind’s eye, I carry a picture of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marching arm in arm with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in 1965, as they prayed with their feet, marching from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights. If you have never seen this picture, let me invite you to the Jewish Federation of NH’s Film Festival, which, in conjunction with the Manchester MLK Coalition, is sponsoring two free films in the next few weeks. The first, “…Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance (Screens Jan. 28-31) – The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and re-examined in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action….[The second film is] … Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent (Screens Feb. 1-4)– Directly before Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Rabbi Joachim Prinz declared that “bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.” The rabbi, a German-Jewish refugee forced to flee his home in 1937, knew this lesson firsthand. When the racism against African Americans reminded him of the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany, Prinz became a key ally of Dr. King….” {Press release, JFNH} These movies do more than teach us history —- while they remind us what can be accomplished when minorities work together, the movies challenge us to act, as we cannot be silent in the face of injustice — a powerful reminder and charge that is as important today as it was 60 years ago. For more information on these films, you can go to the MLK Coalition website, or the JFNH website.

Two thousand years ago, Rabbi Tarphon taught:

“It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you free to abstain from it.”

His too, is a voice from the past, but it instructs us that while we may not be able to personally bring an end to racial injustice and other forms of intolerance, prejudice and hatred, we may not throw up our hands and walk away. Each of us needs to be involved, doing what we can, no matter how big or how small. It is our responsibility to build a society that doesn’t make decisions about its members based on the color of one’s skin; it is our responsibility to insure that everyone has equal access to health care, good schools, higher education, and a job market that will welcome them; it is our responsibility to remember that all people are created in the image of God, and are thus deserving of respect. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers and we have to treat people the way we ourselves want to be treated.

We don’t have to finish the work of transforming society, but we do have to participate in doing the hard work that will move our nation forward. We can volunteer our time, energy, and financial resources to support organizations that work for the good of our country and all its people; we can remain actively engaged in our political system, supporting and casting our ballots for candidates who share our views and who will work for justice and an end to systemic prejudice; we must challenge those who make hateful statements or tell unacceptable jokes at the water fountain when we are again standing around them, or today on Zoom or social media ; we can teach, preach, and live a message of racial, gender and ethnic equality as we help make change in our businesses, our institutions and our neighborhoods; above all we cannot sit back and wait for someone else to do what must be done.

This is a crucial piece of Rev. Dr. King’s message: we each have to roll up our sleeves and do what we can. Earlier in our program, you heard members of the MLK Coalition, past recipients of the MLK award, and local politicians give voice to his call from the past, as they read excerpts from Rev. Dr. King’s speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?” In closing I’d like to share a little more of that speech. His words ring as loudly today as they did when he first delivered this speech at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967:

“… What I’m saying today is that we must go from this convention and say, “America, you must be born again!”

And so, I conclude by saying today that we have a task, and let us go out with a divine dissatisfaction.

Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.

Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort from the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice.

Let us be dissatisfied until those who live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.

Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family will live in a decent, sanitary home….

Let us be dissatisfied until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not on the basis of the color of their skin.) Let us be dissatisfied. …

Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. …

Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout, “White Power!” when nobody will shout, “Black Power!” but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power….

Our society still needs us to use our dissatisfaction and our power to make change happen — though prayer asking for God’s support never goes amiss. This past year we lost the voices of John R Lewis, CT Vivian, and Bruce Boynton — we have to lift up our voices in their stead, and hopefully, inspire new, young voices to join us, as we continue to try and create a country in which each and every man, woman, and child can sit, regardless of their color, under their vines and fig-trees, in security, in comfort and in peace. Today we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but honoring isn’t enough — we must take up his challenge that “… Darkness cannot put out darkness, only light can do that …” and we must recommit our selves to being and lighting such lights.

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MLK Celebration 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021, 2:30pm
While the celebration is over, you can watch and share the video from the event on Youtube:

By popular request, we have posted Rabbi Davidson’s remarks during the January 18, 2021 MLK Celebration.

Observe MLK Day with our Partners

Our partner organizations also offer several ways to observe MLK Day through art, music, film and discussion while remaining at home. See the links below for details and registration links:

Read or listen to King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” Speech

In 1967, King gave his “Where Do We Go From Here?” speech, which gives us our theme this year. You can read the full text of the speech online with this link. You can also listen to it on YouTube:

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Jaffrey-Rindge MLK Celebration

OUR GREAT WORLD HOUSE: PLENTY GOOD ROOM

Monday, January 18, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm

The Jaffrey-Rindge MLK Committee and Keene State College Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning present a Live Virtual Event featuring Dr. Walter Earl Fluker in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021, January 18, 5-6 p.m.  Dr. Fluker is Martin Luther King Jr. Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership at Boston University School of Theology.  He will address the quest for democratic space in Dr. King’s vision of the great world house.

 In his Nobel Peace Prize lecture, Martin Luther King Jr. evoked the image of a great “world house” in which we have to live together – a family “separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other.”  At a time when ethics has been at the forefront of public discussion, Dr. Fluker’s expertise is especially timely.

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SNHOBU MLK Celebration

Remembering The Power Power and Purpose of Dr. King’s Life!

Download a flyer with details (PDF).

Monday, January 18, 2021, 9:00am-10:30pm

  • Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/2XIpZQR
  • Contact: Linda Gathright or Min. Ray Ealy 603-880-4537, 603-318-9813; info@snhobu.com
  • Donation Accepted Online: www.snhobu.com; PO Box 3323 Nashua, NH 03061-3323
  • Presented By: Southern New Hampshire Outreach For Black Unity (SNHOBU)

Panelists

  • Youth Panelist
  • Min. Ray Ealy
  • Min. Olga Tines
  • Hon. Melanie Levesque
  • Hon. Gloria Timmons
  • Hon. Harvey Keye
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Keene MLK Breakfast

Monday, January 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
Join by Zoom at www.zoom.us/join Meeting Code: 853 8985 8820

Learn more on the City of Keene website here.

The City of Keene Human Rights Committee will host Dr. Jim Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, from Keene State College who will explore through presentation a “Democracy’s Role in Promoting and Protecting Civil and Human Rights.”

The Committee annually hosts a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast for the public, however this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take place virtually on Monday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Waller will discuss how the United States is at a crossroads in its history. The escalating level of political violence raises serious red flags about the erosion of democratic norms and the growing distrust of peaceful political processes.  Had risk analysts noticed these same trends anywhere else in the world, the approaching storm would be clear and alarms would be raised by a range of international governmental and non-governmental voices. While the United States is not a failed or failing state, it is a fragile and flailing one; closer to breakdown than a breakthrough. The risk of mass violence is progressively accumulating in a rising tide, and resilience is rapidly receding. There is a mountain of hard work to be done to restore trust in America’s democratic institutions, develop more inclusive narratives of memory, rebuild social cohesion, and nurture economic inclusivity.

The Human Rights Committee exists to promote the principles of social justice, non-violence, equity, diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism through educational programs, community service and public events. The Committee meets on the first Monday of every month at 5:00.

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NH Jewish Film Festival

Click here to download 1-page flyer about the festival (PDF).

REGISTER HERE and get more details.

JOIN US FOR THE FREE VIRTUAL New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival Black-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance Film Series January 28 – February 4 The Virtual documentary screenings (Jan. 31-Feb. 4) include live post-film discussions with Granite State civil rights activists, clergy, and academic and business leaders.

Films will be available for streaming for 72 hours. Live Stream discussion sessions begin at 7:00 PM at the end of the streaming window​. This year’s film offerings include:

Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance 

The story of the coalition and friendship between the Jewish and African-American communities during the Civil Rights Movement. ​Film link available for 72 hours starting on January 28, 2021 at 6 PM   Virtual Panel Discussion with special guests on January 31, 2021.

Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

A documentary film about a rabbi who would not be silenced, from his time of leadership in synagogues in 1930’s Berlin to the March on Washington in 1963. Film link available for 72 hours starting on February 1, 2021 at 6 PM. Virtual Panel Discussion with special guests on February 4, 2021 at 7 PM.

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“Set the House on Fire” Gospel Concert

Monday, January 18, 2021, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Live-streamed on Facebook: Appearing will be the Funky Divas of Gospel, Ms. Vee, Set the House on Fire Band and choir.  Plus a theatrical scene from the new play “Stokely and Martin” written by Najee Brown of “The Bus Stop” fame.  Presided by Masters of Ceremonies Reverend Robert Thompson and Sandi Clark Kaddy.  Rev Thompson will be leading us with song and words.  

Click here to purchase tickets for this free event (donations accepted).