LACONIA — The 9th annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day is on Sunday, January 19 at the Laconia Middle School. It will open at 3:15 p.m. and close at 6:30 p.m.
The Family Violence Prevention Council and New Beginnings join the Laconia Human Relations Committee and the Refugee Connections Committee in sponsoring the event.
The program opens with a brief segment from Dr. King's memorable I have a Dream Speech, at 3:30 pm in the all-purpose room.
The guest speaker is Rashida Mohamed, a Domestic Violence Advocate for the Manchester Police Department. She will speak at 3:45 p.m. Ms. Mohamed was working in Dr. King's tradition when she was forced to flee her native country, now the South Sudan, because of her civil rights work on behalf of women. She, her husband, and two daughters arrived as immigrants in Manchester in June of 1999.
Ms. Mohamed's first job was with the International Institute of NH in Manchester. She then became the Shelter Manager for the Manchester YWCA for seven years. She is just now completing five years in her role as a Domestic Violence Advocate for the MPD. She is a board member for PPNNE, the New Hampshire Women's Initiative, and the Ujima Collective. Ms. Mohamed will speak to this broad range of experience and service. She will be introduced by Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams, chair of the Family Violence Prevention Council. There will be discussion following her presentation.
Students from the Appalachian Teen Project will join in supporting the celebration by greeting visitors and helping with the set-up.
A pot-luck supper in the cafeteria at 5 pm will feature many ethnic foods now a part of this annual celebration. Following the supper there will be line dancing with Thomas Chiappisi of Center Sandwich.
Those attending are urged to bring a dish to share and enjoy the celebration. Drinks will be provided.