Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6527 MLKJaffrey@gmail.com

The Jaffrey Civic Center’s Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. is an annual event that brings people together to remember and find inspiration in the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the occasion of the national holiday. To deepen our youth's thinking about Dr. King and the values he stood for, we also hold a contest in the fall leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Recognizing that students have different strengths and interests, we vary the contest from year to year. All district high school students are eligible, including home-schoolers and students in private schools and out-of-district placements. In past years we have held an essay contest and an art contest.

This year the high school contest is poetry, including categories of written and performed, and the theme is "What is Courage?". For middle schoolers we offer a contest to create a poster that will be used for event publicity and our printed program. Elementary students also engage in creative activities around the life of Dr. King and the theme. Winners of the contests are honored at Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 16, 2017, and all student work is included in a special public exhibit at the Civic Center in January.

In keeping with our poetry contest, our keynote speaker on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017 will be New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel. The event will also feature an interpretation by a student of a passage from a speech or sermon by Dr. King, music by school choirs, and students' reading or performing of their winning poems.

A reception following the event will provide an opportunity to view the exhibit and for students and visitors to meet the poet laureate.


Contact MLKJaffrey@gmail.com.

~ This is not a school-sponsored event ~