“Loving Your Enemies”
Sermon was delivered at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Date: November 17, 1957
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
1/17/2022: Excerpts read by the following community readers
Rabbi Beth Davidson: In 2005 she came to Temple Adath Yeshurun. In addition to her commitments within the Jewish Community, Rabbi Davidson is currently the President of the Greater Manchester Clergy Association, and a lecturer for OLLI, local organization dedicated to ongoing adult learning.
Rev. John Gregory-Davis: Co-Pastor at the Meriden Congregational Church, UCC
Arnie Alpert: MLK Award Winner (2010): Served as AFSC’s New Hampshire co-director, where he first joined AFSC in 1981. He retired from AFSC in June 2020. Arnie is a leader in movements for economic justice and affordable housing, civil and worker rights, peace and disarmament, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to racism and homophobia.
Mayor Joyce Craig: The 48th Mayor, and first female, in Manchester, N.H.; started public service in 2006, also served on the Aldermanic Board
Rev. Gail Kinney: Pastor of the South Danbury United Church of Christ.
Megan Tuttle: President, NH-National Education Association (NH-NEA)
Andru Volinsky: Attorney and social justice advocate wo served as a member of the Executive Council of New Hampshire from the 2nd district from 2017-2021.
Grace Kindike: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)- NH Program Coordinator
U. S. Senator Maggie Hassan: An attorney serving as the junior U. S, Senator from NH. Elected to the senate in 2016 while serving as the 81st Governor of NH, an office she held form 2013-2017.
U. S. Congressman Chris Pappas: Serving as the U. S. Representative from New Hampshire’s 1st District since 2019. From 2013-2019, her represented the 4th District on the N. H. Executive Council.
U. S. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster: Serving as the U. S. Representative from New Hampshire’s 2nd District since 2013
Alan Smith-Hicks: Son of Sandra Hicks, the first MLK Award Winner (1987)
Sue Ellen Hannan: President of the Manchester Education Association; active educator
Richard Gulla: President-State Employees’ Association, SEIU, Local 1984
Russell Weatherspoon: MLK Award Winner (2028); Dean of Students at Phillips Exeter Academy and on the faculty for over 30 years, life-long social justice advocate
Rev. Bill Briggs (retired): Coordinator of Honduras Hope (Franconia, N. H.); Life-long civil rights activist
Christina Philibotte: The first Chief Equity Officer (2021)- Manchester School District; former classroom teacher
Jackie Weatherspoon: MLK Award Winner (2018); A human rights activist, has worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe as a mediator; a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission State Advisory Committee; served for six years in the N. H. House of Representatives. As a state representative for New Hampshire Weatherspoon was a key sponsor of a bill to abolish capital punishment in New Hampshire.
U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen: The first woman in American history to be elected Governor (the 78th from 1997-2003) and U. S. Senator. She is the Senior Senator from NH serving since 2009; retired educator
Bruce McColl: Director of Art Education at the Currier Museum of Art Centers lading educational programs focused on art making and art appreciation for students of all ages and abilities
Christopher Potter: Impact Manager at City Year N. H.; Manchester Board of School Committee- Ward 7
Sebastian Fuentes: 2022 MLK Award Winner; Vice-Chair of the NH Democratic Latino Caucus, Board of Directors of the NH Progressive Coalition