Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Here you'll find winners' works from previous contests.

Clayton Kulczyk

Zoe Boyd
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"Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles." - Martin Luther King, Jr.


All are invited to the Jaffrey Civic Center's 2017 Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. on the date of the national holiday, Monday, January 16, with bell-ringing ceremony starting at 4:45 and program 5-6 p.m. at the United Church of Jaffrey, 54 Main St., followed by a reception at the Civic Center, 40 Main St. 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. Courage being a salient feature of Dr. King's life, the theme for this year's event and related student contests and activities is "What Is Courage?"

This year's event is dedicated to Bill Perry, Jr., recently deceased, a Peterborough resident and founding member of the MLK Committee who was active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and was acquainted with Dr. King.

The Civic Center is delighted to announce that NH Poet Laureate Alice Fogel will deliver the keynote address. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Ms. Fogel is the author of Strange Terrain, a guide to appreciating poetry without necessarily "getting" it, and of four poetry collections, including the award-winning Interval: Poems Based on Bach's Goldberg Variations and the national best-seller Be That Empty.

Winners of the MLK High School Student Poetry Contest and Middle School Poster Contest will be announced and prizes awarded. Poetry Contest winners will present their poems, including a dramatic poetry performance. Jaffrey and Rindge Grade School choirs will provide music.

The reception will include refreshments and the opportunity to meet the poet laureate and view an exhibit of student poems and posters along with a retrospective of Civil Rights poetry. The exhibit will continue on display at the Civic Center through January 27.

As a special feature, starting this year we will join the national "Let Freedom Ring: Choose Non-Violence" Bell-Ringing Ceremony with the ringing of the United Church's Revere bell starting at 4:45 to open the event. Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and the student contests are funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The event, reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. In the event of questionable weather please check the Jaffrey Civic Center website or facebook page.


The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the winner of its Middle School Poster Contest for Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017. Middle School Students were invited to submit posters related to the event theme "What Is Courage?" for use in our publicity including posters and event program. Sixth grader Clayton Kulczyk's striking drawing of a silhouetted profile against the American flag was chosen for the $75 prize and this year's poster and program cover. Additionally, Zoe Boyd's creative and well executed poster of a cat looking into a mirror image of a lion was chosen for special merit, a $35 prize and use in the event program.

The Jaffrey Civic Center's Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. is an annual event held on the national holiday to honor and renew the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year high school and middle school contests and related grade school activities are held in concert with the event. Save the date to join us on January 16, 2017, at the United Church of Jaffrey, where along with a celebrated keynote speaker and music by district students, the winners of the Middle School Poster Contest and High School Poetry Contest will be honored and receive their prizes. The event takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception at the Civic Center where the Middle School posters and the winning poems will be on exhibit.


Contact MLKJaffrey@gmail.com.