2022 MLK Jr. Coalition Community Celebration

40th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration

Virtual Program: Monday, January 17, 2022: 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

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Topic: MLK Jr. 40th Annual Community Celebration
Time: Jan 17, 2022 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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“Love Not Hate”

Free to the Public- All are Welcome 

Music by the Manchester High School West Jazz Band     Directed by: Rebecca Berger

Music by the MLK Jr. Choir: Directed by James McKim

Special Guest: TJ Wheeler

Community shared reading of excerpts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1957 sermon “Loving Your Enemies”

2022 MLK Award Winner

Sebastian Fuentes- Vice-Chair of the NH Democratic Latino Caucus and on the Board of Directors of the NH Progressive Coalition

2022 Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Awards

 1st place-Ariana Metzger- Grade 6-Newington Public School
2nd place-Drew Verweij- Grade 6-Barrington Middle School

Certificate of Attendance

Certificate of Attendance for January 17, 2022

MLK Certificate of Attendance


“Loving Your Enemies” ” 2022 Community Speakers

“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


MLK Day Community Events 2022


MLK Jr. Day at the Currier Art Museum 2022

MLK Jr. Day a the Currier Art Museum 2022


2nd Place: 2022 Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Award

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Student’s Name: Drew Verweij
Teacher’s Name: Mrs. Tatarian, 6th grade
School: Barrington Middle School
Barrington, NH

When You Open a Door

When you open a door there is a unity
Giving another an equal or greater opportunity
You value a person
Not slamming a door out of desertion
Welcoming someone into warmth
Kindness is put forth
When you free one from the cold
The happiness will never grow old
Sticking with love will always reward
Goodness is something hate has never scored


1st Place: 2022 Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Award

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Student Name: Ariana Metzger, Grade 6
Teacher Name: Nels Tooker
School: Newington Public School
Newington, NH

Sometimes, you wonder why people love,
Sometimes, you need answers to your queries.
Sometimes, you pray to the heavens above
To lift the burden off your shoulders that you carry.

Life is confusing and unfair,
Life moves faster than you can comprehend.
Life is a treacherous joy, leaves you gasping for air,
Life will leave, and you must accept it when it ends.

Love lifts you off the ground,
Love squeezes your heart.
Love will make you feel found,
But you have to do your part.

Find yourself, and
Slowly, you rise to the
Glorious sun.

Know yourself, and
Feel passion,
Love, and fun.

Love yourself, and
Flow forward,
The stars your map,

Go to yourself.
Waves on the beach,
A steady lap.


January 17, 2022 40th MLK Jr. Coalition Community Celebration


2022 Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Awards

2022 Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Awards Flyer

MLK Students Contest


“Loving Your Enemies” Full Sermon

Loving Your Enemies