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Currier Museum: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Monday, January 18, 2021, 1:00pm
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Contact: visitor@currier.org

In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Currier Museum of Art invites you to add your voice to a live virtual discussion about a powerful Civil Rights photograph by Bruce Davidson.

The free 30-minute adult program is part of Art conversations from home. Engagements are informal, interactive, and open to all. The January 18 session will be facilitated over Zoom by a museum educator and begins at 1:00 pm. Pre-registration is required.

The museum is committed to important conversations around social justice. We hope you’ll take a look at the following recent exhibitions:

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Jan. 19: NEA Roundtable Discussion Virtual Engagement

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Please click the link to join the webinar: https://nea-org.zoom.us/j/92701778055?pwd=UzhMRW10dFN0L2RDVmxNdGZtOUNLdz09

Annually the NEA hosts an engagement in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King, who was a trailblazer as he fervently advocated for civil rights, social justice, and equity for all.

This year, in partnership with NCSEA and NCUEA, we are proud to host a virtual roundtable discussion in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. King, Tuesday, January 19th (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST) entitled: The MOVEMENT MOMENT! Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Elevating NEA’s Vision for Public Schools through a Racial Justice Lens.

You are cordially invited to participate in this virtual roundtable discussion with NEA leaders at the state and local level who are leading on racial justice work to continue the legacy of Dr. King.

We are excited to announce that this roundtable discussion will be moderated by Bakari Sellers (Attorney, Political Commentator, and former South Carolina State Representative). We are also excited to announce the esteemed panelists for this roundtable discussion. You will not want to miss an opportunity to hear from these inspiring individuals:

  • Becky Pringle, President, NEA
  • Keith Brown, President, Oakland Education Association
  • Cheryl Bost, President, Maryland State Education Association
  • Al Llorens, Vice President, Illinois Education Association
  • Petal Robertson, President, Montclair Education Association (NJEA)
  • Greta Callahan, President, MFT Local 59, Teacher Chapter (ED MN)
  • Cameo Kendrick, Chair, NEA Aspiring Educators

Should you have any questions please email Merwyn Scott, NEA Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement (CAPE) Director at mscott@nea.org.

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Tribute to Sandy Hicks and Marie Metoyer

Among the many sorrows of 2020, it took from us two stalwarts of the social justice struggle: Sandy Hicks, recipient of the First Martin Luther King Jr. Award in 1987 and Dr. Marie Metoyer, in 2008.  Sandy set the standard of service, advocacy, and tenacity that characterized all those who received the MLK Award after her; Marie met that standard with grace.

Sandy and Marie shared much — the virtues of integrity, perseverance, courage, kindness, and compassion.  They put those virtues and their formidable intelligence and insight to work for many organizations and causes.  Sandy was fond of saying that she “wore many hats” as did Marie.  Sandy and Marie were both essential to the NAACP, YWCA NH, the African American Historical and Genealogical Society, the NH Commission on the Status of Women, and the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.  Each was a founding member of the New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition, the Greater Manchester Black Scholarship Foundation, and the Cultural Diversity Task Force.

In their personal lives, Sandy and Marie both were fiercely committed to family and faith, for Sandy Baha’i and for Marie Catholicism. Sandy, one of five siblings, had four children with her husband Wade and fostered more.  Marie, one of six siblings, had five children with her husband Victor.

Marie, a physician, practiced first as an OB/GYN in her native New Jersey.  After 16 years, in response to a call for more community based mental health resources, Marie took up a psychiatric residency in Vermont, which led to her being the first full-time psychiatrist practicing in the Northeast Kingdom and the first and only African American woman psychiatrist in northern New England. She and Victor moved to Manchester where Marie was Clinical Director of the Day Program at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.  Both Victor and Marie were members and volunteers at the [then]  Currier Gallery of Art.  Marie served in many different capacities in medical societies in Vermont and New Hampshire.  She promoted cultural diversity and social justice serving on the NH Advisory Committee for the Federal Civil Right Commission, the Cultural Competence Board of the Mental Health Center and as President of PeopleFest, the revival of the Manchester International Festival.

Sandy, a native New Englander, came to Manchester with her family in the mid-60s.  She was a therapist at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.  After retirement, she served there as a volunteer HIV/AIDS educator.  A dedicated activist and advocate, Sandy, who was declared legally blind in 1975, was a pillar of the NH Association for the Blind, the Disability Consumer Rights Council, the YWCA Crisis Center, and the Emerging Leaders in Community of Colors program.  For Manchester public access television, Sandy hosted “Circle of Friends” and “Inside Story,” programs that presented and promoted the cultural diversity of the greater Manchester population and educated viewers about efforts to bring equity to all segments of the population, including people of color, immigrants, and refugees.

Dr. King said, “Our goal is to create a beloved community . . .”  Sandy and Marie, with their warmth, their accomplishments, their loving kindness, created the beloved community wherever they were.  We were blessed to have known them.