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Dartmouth marks 50 years since King lecture on campus

Union Leader Correspondent

January 15. 2012 10:55PM
Dartmouth College's annual candlelight vigil today, like this one in 2009, is planned for tonight. Participants are asked to gather at Cutter-Shabazz Hall, first floor, at 5 p.m. (COURTESY)
What's open, closed on King Day in NH
Federal, state and city offices are closed today for Martin Luther King-Civil Rights Day, but there will be trash pickup as usual.

There will be no United States Postal Service delivery or counter hours, but FedEx and UPS will be operating on a normal schedule.

Federal and state courts will be closed.

Public school students will have the day off in all but six school districts and one charter school: Andover, Epsom, Governor Wentworth Regional, Lincoln/Woodstock, Littleton, Lyme and CSI Charter School.

Banks will be closed, except for TD Bank, but ATMs will be available, unless they run out of cash.

Shopping can proceed as usual; it's just another Monday at the malls and most other commercial locations.

HANOVER - Dartmouth College's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today includes Dartmouth's 20th annual candlelight vigil in his honor and a visit from legendary high school football coach Herman Boone.

'This is a particularly special year for our celebration because it marks the 50th anniversary of a lecture that Dr. King gave in 105 Dartmouth Hall titled 'Towards Freedom,'' said Gabrielle Lucke, Dartmouth's director of diversity training and educational programs and one of the organizers of the 2012 celebration, in a news release.

'It's also the 20th anniversary of the Dartmouth's MLK candlelight vigil, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Dr. King's brotherhood,' she said.

Boone, who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the hit 2000 movie 'Remember the Titans,' is the keynote speaker for Dartmouth's 2012 celebration of King's life and legacy, themed 'The Content of Our Character.'

In 1971, Boone led the newly integrated T.C. Williams High School football team in Alexandria, Va., to the Virginia state championship.

The now retired coach plans to talk about lessons in diversity, building and sustaining a winning teams as well as the movie based on his life.

'The content of his character was thoroughly tested by the challenges he faced personally and professionally,' Lucke said. 'We also felt his participation would complement Dartmouth Athletics' Peak Performance initiative, which strives to educate our student athletes about leadership and citizenship. Hearing Coach Boone talk about character, community and teamwork will be a wonderful opportunity for students and the entire Dartmouth community.'

The candlelight vigil is planned for 5 p.m. today. Participants are asked to gather on the first floor of Cutter-Shabazz Hall.

Boone is scheduled to speak in the Moore Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and can be obtained from the Hopkins Center Box Office, 646-3749.

The celebration of King began on Friday and is to continue until Feb. 3. A highlight of the program is the presentation of the College's MLK Social Justice Awards on Jan. 27. A complete list of events from theatrical and dance performances, films, speeches and panel discussions is available on the Dartmouth website,

City Year NH event

City Year New Hampshire will also host its 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at its headquarters in Manchester. The event includes a food drive to support the New Hampshire Food Bank and is billed by organizers as a 'day on' of community building, service and reflection.

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