J-R Students Share Talents in Celebration for Martin Luther King Jr.

Jaffrey and Rindge students are involved in all aspects of this year’s MLK Holiday activities.

 Conant High School and Project Shakespeare students Alyssia Maki and Arianna Wentworth will deliver their interpretation of a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech, an audience favorite.  Alyssia has mesmerized previous audiences with her dramatic yet nuanced presentation of Dr. King’s words.  Arianna’s drama skills are well known and she is sure to be a superb partner.  In keeping with this year’s theme, “We Are All One Humanity”, the speech passage is taken from Dr. King’s Commencement Address at Oberlin College, 1965, a profound and powerful statement about the interrelatedness of the peoples of the world. 

 CHS 9th-grader Zoe Boyd designed the striking event poster now posted around the region and the program cover.  Grade School Choruses and the Conant Chamber Singers will perform at the event. Middle school students created works of art illustrating the event theme in a variety of media as part of the MLK Student Contest.  

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place on Monday, Jan. 21, 5-6 p.m. at the United Church of Jaffrey, 54 Main St.  As usual, J-R Rotary Interact student volunteers will ring the Church’s bell at 4:45 to announce the event as part of the National Bell-Ringing Ceremony “Let Freedom Ring: Choose Non-Violence”.  The winners of the Art Contest will be announced and receive their awards. A reception at the MLK Student Exhibit will immediately follow the event at the Civic Center.   

The event brings people together to remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to renew the values he stood for.  This year’s theme, “We Are All One Humanity”, is inspired by Dr. King’s frequent reflection “that all life is interrelated”.   Keynote speaker Dr. Dottie Morris of Keene State College will address the interconnections among people of the world, and international refugees will share their personal experiences of uprooting and transition.

Event and reception are free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the church and the Jaffrey Civic Center and on the street. For more information or in case of questionable weather, please visit the Jaffrey Civic Center facebook page. Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. is supported by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities and by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary.


The 2019 MLK Student Exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 18, with art by students at all levels exploring the theme “We Are All One Humanity”.  The MLK Student Exhibit runs through Friday February 8 during Jaffrey Civic Center normal hours.

Middle school students created art in a variety of media on the theme “We Are All One Humanity” for the MLK Student Art Contest, including both 2-D and 3-D works. Event posters created by Conant High School graphic arts students may also be viewed.

Also featured are sand-paintings by Jaffrey and Rindge grade school students created as part of special workshops directed by Nigerian artist Segun Olorunfemi and this year’s Jaffrey Grade School student mural.  

Submitted by the Jaffrey Civic Center MLK Committee

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