Peaceful Protest Marks Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination

Peaceful Protest Marks Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination

Members of the UNH community participated in a peaceful protest and silent demonstration earlier this month to mark the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event, which was organized by Celina Whitmore’17 M.A., a graduate student in the community psychology program, aimed to bring awareness to social justice issues, including the public mental health crisis resulting from excessive police violence against blacks and minorities.

The program involved a procession through campus followed by a die-in staged by students, mental health professionals, faculty, staff, and other members of the campus community interested in social justice. A discussion followed. UNH was one of 16 college and universities across the country that hosted similar events. 

“Poor communities of color are far more likely to be policed with excessive force and subjected to illegal searches,” said Whitmore. “I hope to raise awareness of the mental health crisis going on across the country and to hold public officials responsible for ensuring the safety of those they protect and serve.”

(Photo by Krystal Vera '17)

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