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Manchester – Building Our Beloved Community

January 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., December 3, 1956

Join City Year New Hampshire in Building Our Beloved Community this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15, 2018. Among Dr. King’s most compelling visions is that of a Beloved Community – a community in which people of different backgrounds recognize that we are all interconnected and that our individual well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of others. It is with this idea in mind that we invite you to a day of remembrance and celebration of our shared humanity.

Monday, January 15, 2018, 9 am – 12 pm

YWCA New Hampshire, 72 Concord St, Manchester, NH 03101

Please bring a donation for the NH Food Bank. Most needed items include canned chicken, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, mac n cheese, canned soup, pasta, noodle mixes, and rice mixes.


Detailed Schedule:

9 am Registration and light breakfast

9:30 am Kick-off Rally: Building Our Beloved Community

Be inspired by reflections on the Beloved Community, the legacy of Dr. King, and our shared humanity.

10:00 am – 12 pm Diversity, Service and Volunteer Fair

Explore aspects of our diversity through interactive, family-friendly stations; engage in hands-on service projects to benefit the Manchester community; participate in a community art project sponsored by The Currier; and, learn from local non-profit organizations about ways to continue your involvement beyond the day.

11 am – 12 pm Workshops

For those who want to attend a more in-depth training or presentation, a limited number of workshop options are available. See list below and specify your interest in the registration form. Attendance is geared towards teens and up and space is limited at all sessions.

If you have any questions please reach out to Mark Fickle at (603)-218-5086 or mfickle@cityyear.org

Workshop Descriptions:
Space is limited. All sessions held at the YWCA.

Active Bystander Training, presented by Granite State Organizing Project
Ideal for ages 15 and up; 20 participants

Have you ever been a witness to a situation where you left feeling like you could have done something to help, but were unsure how? This training allows participants to recognize when they are bystanders and learn how they can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others. We emphasize that active bystandership does not mean aggression against the harm doer. It means taking responsible action to help people in need, instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit.

Microaggressions: What They Are & Why We Should be Aware, presented by Rachael Gottlieb, City Year New Hampshire
Ideal for ages 14 and up; 25 participants

Does “No, where are you really from?”, “Your English is really good”, “You’re really pretty for a…” sound familiar? This training brings awareness to the commonplace, verbal and behavioral acts that are insulting towards people of color, whether intentional or not, and gives tips on what to do about them as both players and bystanders. Participants will be able to apply what they learn in this training to their everyday life as they see microaggressions happen and take the initiative to stop them.

Unpacking Whiteness, presented by New Hampshire Listens
Ideal for ages 14 and up; 30 of participants

How do I unintentionally benefit from racism? What does it mean to be “white” today? Participants in this workshop will engage in constructive, reflective conversations focused on examining and understanding racial bias, systemic racism, and unpacking whiteness. Racism is not just about individual acts of meanness. It also includes those invisible systems that confer advantages on those people considered white while disadvantaging people of color. These systems are subtle and difficult to unravel and understand. Our ultimate goal is for our community to be a place where everyone can reach their full potential. All are welcome.

Gender Identity & The Gender Spectrum, presented by Cadence Pentheny, City Year New Hampshire
Ideal for ages 15 and up; 20 participants

What is the distinction between feminine and masculine? How did we come to a binary system of male or female, and what is the gender spectrum? This workshop serves as an introduction to how complex gender is, the struggles individuals with nonconforming gender identities face within a binary system and why that’s not good for any gender. All welcome.

The Use of Hiphop Rhetoric to Combat the Criminalization of Black, Brown, and Red Youth, presented by Marcos Del Hierro, New Hampshire Humanities to Go
Ideal for ages 10 and up; 25 participants

This interactive presentation will invite the audience to participate in a “cipher,” or hiphop circle, as a way to experience one example of how knowledge is made in hiphop communities. Young and old audiences are invited to engage in a family friendly environment with one of the most influential and funky cultural forces of the last forty years. Modes of expression like mixtapes, rap songs, ciphers, subway art, and hiphop fashion not only set trends, but also address issues like urban blight, political marginalization, racism, and colonization.


72 Concord St
Manchester, NH 03101 United States
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